Sexual Misconduct: Staff-to-Student

Human Resources
Sexual Misconduct: Staff-to-Student

While the vast number of school staff members are competent, capable and caring professionals, sexual misconduct by staff members involving students unfortunately does happen. Sexual misconduct has a profound and lasting impact on the student, school, community and staff member as well. In this course, you’ll learn about the obligation of every staff member to provide an appropriate level of care for all students. Specifically, this course will explore the definition of sexual misconduct, the legal obligations of school staff members, signs of sexual misconduct by staff members and how to create clear professional boundaries that protect you as well as students. The content in this course was designed with care and sensitivity; however, some may find certain topics personally upsetting, especially for survivors of sexual abuse or assault. If you need to talk with someone, contact your administrator or a related resource in your community.

  1. Full Course - 37 minutes
    This version is designed to educate teachers, coaches and support staff members about the standards of care required for the education profession – including the legal requirements.
  2. Full Course (en Espanol) - 25 minutes
    This version is designed for all native spanish-speaking employees
Course Authors
Dr. Robert J. Shoop
Robert J. Shoop, educational law expert at Kansas State University, is nationally recognized as a forensic expert in the area of school law, with a focus on sexual harassment, abuse prevention and risk management. He has appeared as a guest on CNN, the Today Show, 20/20 and MSNBC, among others. Shoop is a member of the editorial advisory board for the Educator’s Guide to Controlling Sexual Harassment and has served as a forensic expert witness in more than 45 court cases. He is the author of 16 books.