Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article V - Sexual Misconduct Policy

This pol­i­cy is to be reviewed and signed by all employ­ees and volunteers.

he Sex­u­al Mis­con­duct Coor­di­na­tor shall main­tain all records and doc­u­men­ta­tion required by law or oth­er­wise required by this and oth­er such relat­ed poli­cies of the Coun­ty includ­ing all doc­u­ments relat­ed to pro­ce­dures for hir­ing-screen­ing, employee/volunteer code of con­duct, train­ing, sign-in/sign-out, pick-up and release pro­ce­dures, inci­dent report­ing fol­low-up and dis­ci­pli­nary action.

(A) Sex­u­al child abuse as used in this Chap­ter is defined as: Child for the pur­pos­es of child abuse is defined as a per­son under eigh­teen (18) years of age, who pri­or to juve­nile pro­ceed­ings, has not been judi­cial­ly eman­ci­pat­ed or eman­ci­pat­ed by mar­riage.  Abuse means any one of the fol­low­ing acts which seri­ous­ly endan­ger the phys­i­cal, men­tal or emo­tion­al health of a child.

(1) The inflic­tion, attempt­ed inflic­tion, or as a result of inad­e­quate super­vi­sion the allowance of the inflic­tion of phys­i­cal or men­tal injury upon a child by a par­ent of any oth­er person.

(2) The exploita­tion or over­work of a child by a par­ent or any oth­er person.

(3) The involve­ment of the child in any sex­u­al act with a par­ent or any oth­er per­son, or the aid­ing or tol­er­a­tion by the par­ent or care­tak­er of the child’s sex­u­al involve­ment with any oth­er per­son or the child’s involve­ment in porno­graph­ic dis­plays, or any oth­er involve­ment of a child in sex­u­al activ­i­ty con­sti­tut­ing a crime under the laws of this State.

Sex­u­al abuse of a minor is a crime.

(B) Any case of known or sus­pect­ed child abuse of a minor shall be report­ed imme­di­ate­ly in com­pli­ance with Illi­nois manda­to­ry report­ing guide­lines and to the Sex­u­al Mis­con­duct Coor­di­na­tor, the State’s Attorney’s Office, and Sheriff’s Department.

(C) In the event that the Sex­u­al Mis­con­duct Coor­di­na­tor is first noti­fied of an inci­dent of known or sus­pect­ed child abuse, the Sex­u­al Mis­con­duct Coor­di­na­tor shall imme­di­ate­ly noti­fy the child’s par­ent or legal guardian as the case may be and the appro­pri­ate legal author­i­ties as required by the state or local law.  The Sex­u­al Mis­con­duct Coor­di­na­tor shall pre­pare a Sus­pect­ed Child Abuse Stan­dard Report and imme­di­ate­ly fol­low-up to inves­ti­gate the inci­dent and to ascer­tain the con­di­tion of the child.  The Sex­u­al Mis­con­duct Coor­di­na­tor shall con­sult and com­mu­ni­cate with the State’s Attor­ney as necessary.

(D) Any employ­ee involved in a report­ed inci­dent of sex­u­al mis­con­duct and/or child abuse shall be imme­di­ate­ly relieved of respon­si­bil­i­ties that involve inter­ac­tion with minors or shall be sus­pend­ed as deter­mined by the employee’s super­vi­sor.  Rein­state­ment of employ­ees involved in a report­ed inci­dent of child abuse shall occur only after all alle­ga­tions of child abuse have been ful­ly inves­ti­gat­ed and resolved by the County.

The Coun­ty shall dis­ci­pline any indi­vid­ual who retal­i­ates against any per­son who reports alleged sex­u­al mis­con­duct or who retal­i­ates against any per­son who tes­ti­fies, assists or par­tic­i­pat­ed in an inves­ti­ga­tion, a pro­ceed­ing or a hear­ing relat­ing to a sex­u­al mis­con­duct com­plaint.  Retal­i­a­tion includes, but is not lim­it­ed to, any form of intim­i­da­tion, reprisal or harassment.

False accu­sa­tions regard­ing sex­u­al mis­con­duct shall not be tol­er­at­ed, and any per­son know­ing­ly mak­ing a false accu­sa­tion shall like­wise be sub­ject to dis­ci­pli­nary action up to and includ­ing discharge.

Any Coun­ty employ­ee who is deter­mined, after an inves­ti­ga­tion, to have engaged in sex­u­al mis­con­duct in vio­la­tion of this pol­i­cy shall be sub­ject to dis­ci­pli­nary action up to and includ­ing discharge.

All for­mal com­plaints shall be giv­en a full, impar­tial and time­ly inves­ti­ga­tion.  Dur­ing such inves­ti­ga­tion, every effort shall be made to pro­tect the pri­va­cy rights of all par­ties although con­fi­den­tial­i­ty can­not be guaranteed.

Employ­ees are required to report any known or sus­pect­ed inci­dents of sex­u­al mis­con­duct.  They shall report to their super­vi­sor or the Sex­u­al Mis­con­duct Coor­di­na­tor.  If the per­son to whom an employ­ee is direct­ed to report is the offend­ing per­son, the report should be made to the next high­er lev­el of admin­is­tra­tion or supervision.

It is the express pol­i­cy of the Coun­ty to encour­age vic­tims of sex­u­al mis­con­duct, and their par­ents or guardians in the case of minors, to come for­ward with such claims.  The Coun­ty shall des­ig­nate a Sex­u­al Mis­con­duct Coor­di­na­tor who shall remain account­able for the imple­men­ta­tion and mon­i­tor­ing of this pol­i­cy.  The iden­ti­ty of the Sex­u­al Mis­con­duct Coor­di­na­tor shall remain on file with the Coun­ty.  In order to con­duct an imme­di­ate inves­ti­ga­tion, any inci­dent of sex­u­al mis­con­duct shall be report­ed as quick­ly as pos­si­ble in con­fi­dence pur­suant to this Article.

The Coun­ty will not tol­er­ate and will seek to erad­i­cate any behav­ior by its employ­ees which con­sti­tutes sex­u­al mis­con­duct toward anoth­er employ­ee, vol­un­teer, intern, or mem­ber of the pub­lic.  “Sex­u­al mis­con­duct” means any actu­al, attempt­ed or alleged sex­u­al molesta­tion, assault, abuse, sex­u­al exploita­tion or sex­u­al injury.  “Sex­u­al mis­con­duct” does not include “sex­u­al harassment”.