Jesuit High School aims to foster a safe and healthy environment for its students and employees. Jesuit is committed to the prevention of child abuse and maintaining a school environment free from sexual harassment and any other forms of abuse. The sections below give further detail to the school’s related policies that are in accordance with Florida Statutes, the Diocese of St. Petersburg, and the United States Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus.
For purposes of this policy, child abuse means physical injury, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse inflicted on a child, other than by accidental means, by those responsible for the child’s care, custody, and control, or from persons who are agents or employees of Jesuit. In the case of abuse within Jesuit High School, by an employee, agent, or volunteer, whether lay, religious, or clergy, the following explains the process for reporting incidents of suspected abuse:
- The person observing or learning of abuse or suspected abuse shall report the incident to the Principal.
o If the suspected abuse involves the Principal, a report should be made to the President.
o If suspected abuse involves the President, a report should be made to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. R. James Robbins at (813) 227-8404.
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended 42 U.S.C. 2000e, et seq. It is the policy of Jesuit High School to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from sexual harassment. Jesuit High School prohibits any form of sexual harassment. It shall be a violation of this for any student or employee to harass a student or an employee through conduct or communication of a sexual nature as defined by this policy. Jesuit High School will act to investigate all complaints, either formal or informal, verbal or written, of sexual harassment and to discipline any student or employee who sexually harasses a student or employee of the School. The entire policy is available for review upon request from the President’s Office.
ABUSE INVOLVING A JESUIT
If you believe that you, or someone you know, has been a victim of abuse involving a Jesuit, you are encouraged to contact law enforcement and the Coordinator of Pastoral Support and Outreach for the Jesuits, Carol Zarinelli Brescia, MSW, LCSW at 314-915-7168 or firstname.lastname@example.org.