To be read by all staff annually:
- Any verbal or nonverbal sexual behavior with any student is inappropriate and unacceptable.
- There will be no alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drug use by staff during staff training days, conferences, or transition weekend.
- Sexual gestures or overtures to a staff member by a student should be reported to the individual program director so appropriate measures can be taken. Romantic or sexual attraction for a student by a leader should be brought up and discussed with the program director for prayer and guidance.
- Buddy systems should be used by staff whenever possible, especially when working with students of the opposite sex. One-to-one counseling with a student should always occur in a public place. Same sex counseling situations are highly encouraged.
- Driving alone with a student of the opposite sex should be avoided at all times. Staff members should not drive any students off the campus grounds without the express written permission of parents (a student’s word is not sufficient) and then only for a specific purpose.
- All suspicions of child emotional, physical, or sexual abuse must be immediately reported to the individual Program director who will report it to the Executive Director who will make sure it is called in to the appropriate authorities.
- Any knowledge or suspicion of any program staff having an inappropriate relationship with a student or another staff person must be reported promptly to the Program director. If the person in question is the Program director, the report should be made to the Executive Director of the conference.
- Social Media: Social media has presented great opportunities for communication, but also presents challenges for staff. Staff members should use discretion and good judgment in choosing what to post/tweet during and after conferences. Social media content can and will be used as a factor in future staff selection.
- The volunteer staff person is expected to conduct themselves in light of Philippians 1:27: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”