Our Story and Constituency
Seventh-day Adventist Christian education began in the Coachella Valley in 1953, when the Indio Adventist School began as a one-room, one teacher school. In 1977, the Palm Springs Adventist School was established to serve the needs of their area. As the schools increased enrollment over the years and outgrew their respective facilities in the early 1990s, plans were developed to combine the two schools and locate at the new Palm Desert Church site on Country Club Drive in Palm Desert until the Academy’s own site can be established in the future. After months of meetings and preparation, the five-church constituency made up of the Seventh-day Adventist Churches of Desert Hot Springs, Indio Spanish, Palm Desert Oasis, Filipino/American, and Palm Springs, adopted the Constitution of the Desert Adventist Academy at a meeting of the constituency held on April 10, 1994. The first classes of Desert Adventist Academy, kindergarten through ninth grade, started the 1994-95 school year as a split campus on the Indio and Palm Springs sites and were moved into modular units on the Country Club Drive site in Palm Desert on March 1, 1995. The 1998-99 school year began in the school wing of the newly built Palm Desert Oasis Seventh-day Adventist Church. Modular units were again moved onto the campus the summer of 2001 to provide classrooms for grades 5-8 and then again August 2004 for grades 3-4 and after school care. Upon completion of the final phase of the Palm Desert Oasis Church, which included church offices, board room, gymnasium, and more school classrooms, the modular units were removed in June 2009 and all the grades started the 2009-2010 school year in the school wing of the church.
Desert Adventist Academy is a K-8 Christian school committed to show children Jesus, nurture their love for Him and others, teach them to be critical thinkers, and empower them to serve. At Desert Adventist Academy, we believe in building Academic Excellence with Character.
Here at Desert Adventist Academy, we believe in academic excellence through best research and best practice. Our staff is continually finding ways to improve themselves professionally. The, “Character,” word in our mission statement is demonstrated through the fruits of the spirit found in Galatians 5:22: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Desert Adventist Academy believes that a knowledge of God, communion with Him, and emulation of His character are of paramount importance. With this in mind, teachers and administration endeavors to provide Christian-related education that will help students reach their fullest potential spiritually, mentally, physically, socially and morally. Furthermore, we believe an understanding of God as revealed in Jesus Christ and the Bible is the only source of true and lasting knowledge.
In her book Education, Ellen G. White counsels “True education means more than the pursual of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world, and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.”
Desert Adventist Academy provides an atmosphere in which students may become personally acquainted with Jesus as their Lord and Savior. With reverence for God and thoughtful kindness to man, students are encouraged to develop talents, to be practicing Christians, loyal, patriotic citizens knowingly aware of the needs of their neighbors and willing to serve. A thorough knowledge of the Bible as the Word of God guides and leads toward obedience to God’s Word and His principles.
Desert Adventist Academy provides an atmosphere in which students will be inspired and motivated to academic excellence, with good study habits which will foster in them to think critically, independently, and creatively. Course selections will allow students to obtain the academic foundation and building blocks necessary to attain spiritual, professional, and vocational goals.
Students have the opportunity to demonstrate acceptance of and respect for each individual, the rights of others, and an understanding and appreciation for all people and cultures. Desert Adventist Academy promotes the self-worth of each student and fosters courtesy, kindness, and compassion toward all persons and respect for the property of others at home, at church, and in the community as well as at school.
Desert Adventist Academy provides an environment for students to show respect for themselves and learn the value of a temperate life, wholesome recreation, and daily physical activity. Opportunities are given for students to develop physical fitness and practical skills.
Desert Adventist Academy encourages in our students a desire for truth, integrity, and responsibility as exemplified by Christ throughout His life.
Desert Adventist Academy is accredited with the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and is evaluated regularly to determine its effectiveness in providing spiritual and educational opportunities for its students.
ADMISSIONS AND FINANCES
Desert Adventist Academy was established to provide education for the children of the church membership for grades T/K-8. Our school accepts other students in accordance with our general policies, requirements for admission, and as space allows. Desert Adventist Academy admits students of any sex, race, national, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities for students of the school.
The local Seventh-day Adventist Churches and the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists subsidize Adventist Schools through funds provided and/or donated by church members.
REGISTRATION FEE: $320.00 (Non-Refundable) Includes:
- Workbooks provided & use of textbooks*
- Student Insurance
- Home & School
- Disaster preparedness
*(Replacement cost will be charged to a student’s account for lost or damaged textbooks or workbooks.)
K-8 Constituent Member* $5,040.00
K-8 Non Constituent Member $5,780.00
(Payable @ $504.00/$578.00 per month, 10 months; August-May)
*A constituent member is a person who has membership in one of the five constituent Seventh-day Adventist churches.
PAYMENTS: Tuition is due on the first of the month and is payable by the tenth of the month. When tuition is not received by the tenth of the month it will be received as late and a late charge of $15.00 will be added to your bill. If your account becomes 30 days past due, the student may not return to school until the account is paid in full.
A FAMILY DISCOUNT is allowed of $40.00 per month for the second child and each child thereafter for families on regular program.
- For returning students: All students planning to return to Desert Adventist Academy must submit an application and deposit fee of $50 to the school office by April 15, for first acceptance. The full registration fee is required by June 30.
- For new students:
All new students from the five constituent churches must submit an application and deposit fee of $50 to the school office by April 15, for first acceptance. The full registration fee is required by June 30.
After April 15, applications will be accepted from community students as space is available.
Students entering Kindergarten must be five-years-old on or before September 1.
Students entering Transitional Kindergarten must be five years-old before December 1.
- For scholarship students: Scholarship information is available at the five constituent churches.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
1. Completed application form with registration fee and first month’s tuition in August before school starts.
2. Copy of most recent report card and/or achievement test.
3. Recommendation forms completed by former teacher, principal, and pastor.
4. Signed “Consent for Treatment” and “Child Release Authorization” forms.
5. Immunization verification for all students as required by California law. Birth Certificate as well if first entry in any school system.
6. Signed Financial Agreement. (Available at school business office)
7. Physical examination report for all new and seventh grade students.
8. Placement testing and interview with teacher and principal.
9. Name and address of previous school attended to request cumulative records.
10. Account from previous year of school must be paid in full, if applicable.
The Desert Adventist Academy School Board attempts to keep the school charges as low as is consistent with good fiscal management. Desert Adventist Academy reserves the right to adjust charges for tuition and fees at any time should unstable economic conditions warrant such adjustments. The following financial policies have been adopted by the Board:
All outstanding school accounts, at Desert Adventist Academy or elsewhere, must be settled prior to registration.
Desert Adventist Academy will not pro-rate registration fees or tuition for late registrants or prolonged absences if the student receives full academic credit for work completed.
When a student withdraws from school, a parent or responsible party must make financial arrangements with the school office.
If an account becomes thirty days past due, we WILL ask that the student be withdrawn from school until the amount is paid in full or satisfactory financial arrangements are made with the school office. Student accounts must be paid in full to receive diplomas.
Billings are sent as of the first of the month, and all payments are due by the tenth.
If a check is returned for any reason, a fee of $20.00 will be charged.
Desert Adventist Academy will not accept second party checks or postdated checks.
Please contact your local church education representative for application and/or information on your church’s education assistance program.
All payments should be made payable to Desert Adventist Academy and delivered or mailed to the school address. Applications and deposits, as well as registration fee balances and tuition payments, may be mailed at any time, including summer recess. Payment may also be made by credit card.
PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS
Private piano and violin lessons are available on campus. Arrangements may be made through the school office.
AFTER SCHOOL CARE
After School Care is available for students who cannot be picked up at the end of the student’s school day.
Monday –Thursday 2:30-5:30
Fees information can be obtained from the school office.
At Desert Adventist Academy, we strive for “Excellence in Character.” We consider prompt and regular attendance to be a significant attribute each student strives for on their journey to excellence. Furthermore, we consider these characteristics to be of similar importance to the school program as organization and good study habits. Poor attendance affects not only the student’s grades and opportunities on campus, but could influence their overall self esteem. In addition, attendance records are a part of a student’s permanent file which may affect future educational and job opportunities.
A student is considered tardy if they arrive after 8:00 and up to 8:15. If the student arrives later than the fifteen minute grace period, they must check in with the office and receive a tardy slip from the office staff. A student will not be admitted to class without a pass from the office. This pass will hopefully prevent unnecessary calls to parents.
Attendance is a legal record and all absences and tardiness must be recorded. In compliance with the state law, absences for any reason that exceed 15% of class time (approximately ten days) during a nine-week period could result in a failing grade or need for a petition to receive a grade.
If a student needs to miss a class or part of a class, arrangements should be made and recorded in writing with the teacher prior to missing the class. If an unexpected absence/tardy should occur, please notify the school by phone as soon as possible
For vacations or out of town travel, parents/guardians must use the prearranged absence form. Overall, students who are absent from school twenty consecutive days or more can/shall be removed from the school attendance list. The student must pre-register again at that point.
Attendance will be taken by the teacher and reported to the office within the first fifteen minutes of the school-day. The office staff will then school office before driving on field trips or helping on a regular basis in a classroom on the school campus. The office staff will then attempt to contact parents of absent students, unless they have given prior notice.
Intervention Time Line for Excessive Tardiness
1. Four (4) Tardies (A warning letter will be sent by administration.)
2. Eight (8) Tardies (A second stronger note will be sent by ad ministration.)
3. Ten (10) Tardies (Parents will be required to meet with the principal and teacher with a plan of action.)
Intervention Timeline for Excessive Absences
1. Four (4) Absences-Letter (A warning sent to alert parents will be sent by administration)
2. Seven (7) Absences-Meeting (A meeting with the principal, teacher, and parents will be scheduled.)
3. Ten (10) Absences-Failing Grade or need for a petition to get grade.
4. More than Ten- Report to the truancy office.
CODE OF ETHICS AND BEHAVIOR
We believe that all students are capable of appropriate behavior. The staff at DAA would like all students to strive to be their best. We will work toward a safe physical and emotional environment by focusing on encouraging the following behaviors:
- Appropriate language and behavior.
- Respect for the rights of others.
- Obedience to and respect for persons in authority.
Teachers will develop their own classroom behavior guidelines. These will be posted and sent home. Because parents want a secure environment for their child, cooperation between home and school is both needed and expected.
The Discipline Policy that follows will be used as necessary for failure to follow the classroom or playground behavior guideline.
Any discipline incidents will be documented in a student’s Renweb file and will be referred as a “write-up.” The parent/guardian will be informed via letter/email. Any teacher or staff member may issue a “write-up.” The teacher or administrator needs parent support and help. The school expects that parents will take each disciplinary situation seriously and work with the teacher to handle the situation in a timely fashion. Students involved in a discipline incident or who show a lack of respect for the school/classroom rules by demonstrating repeated infractions or multiple discipline situations may have one or more of the following consequences:
Letter/email sent home
Loss of classroom/school responsibilities or privileges
Forfeit of special class activities or field trips
Withdrawal or expulsion from school
The Golden Rule says: “So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.” (Matthew 7:12 RSV)
Those who are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ should respect, honor, and uplift one another. Thus, a colleague, employee, volunteer, or student should never be placed in a position of embarrassment or disrespect due to any action or statement that has any explicit or implied sexual, racial, age or ethnic overtones. To do so is a violation of God’s law and also the civil laws governing our school.
School staff and students are prohibited from engaging in any verbal, visual or physical conduct of sexual, racial, ethnic or age related nature that could create a hostile, intimidating or offensive school environment. Such harassment is intolerable, against the law, and will result in appropriate discipline, up to and including dismissal.
An individual who experiences such harassment should take one of the following steps:
- Talk to the individual that is harassing you and tell him/her that you feel uncomfortable and explain why.
- Speak to your teacher or your principal.
- Write a statement to your teacher or principal about the incident.
Severe matters will be referred to the School Board, and all situations will be thoroughly investigated in a confidential and objective manner.
Bullying is any pattern of behavior by a student, or a group of students, that is intended to harass, intimidate, ridicule, humiliate, or instill fear in another child or group of children. Bullying behavior can be a threat of, or actual, physical harm, or it can be verbal abuse of the child.
Examples of “Bullying” may include but are not limited to a pattern of behavior involving one or more of the following:
- Sarcastic “compliments” about another student’s personal appearance,
- Pointed questions intended to embarrass or humiliate,
- Mocking, taunting, or belittling,
- Non-verbal threats and/or intimidation such as “fronting” or “chesting” a person,
- Demeaning humor relating to a student’s race, gender, ethnicity, or personal characteristics, and/or
- Stealing or hiding books or other personal items.
Cyber-bullying is an electronic form of bullying using electronic devices such as email, cell phones, cameras, text messaging, etc., to support deliberate and hostile behavior by an individual or group intended to harm others and will not be tolerated at DAA.
Cyber-bullying often occurs outside of school hours on personal or home computers, yet its effects may be felt by students, staff, and administration during the school day. When those acts threaten others or otherwise disrupt the learning environment, the school may take action, which may result in a wide range of consequences for the student(s) involved. Those consequences could range from a conference with the parents of the student(s), suspension, or even expulsion from school. It is also possible that cyber-bullying incidents could be reported to the police, either by the school or the individual who feels harmed by the incident.
As part of our commitment to maintain a safe learning environment for all students, Desert Adventist Academy will be vigilant regarding bullying and harassment of all types.
Any use of external assistance during examinations, copying, whispering, talking during tests, using cheat sheets, or someone else’s work for tests or homework are examples of scholastic dishonesty and will be dealt with accordingly.
SCHOOL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY
Students are expected to respect, protect and care for all school (and church) property, teacher and staff property, and the personal property of other students. Students are expected to use walkways and steps so that lawns, flower beds, planters, and all aspects of the facilities will remain attractive, and to uphold a “No Littering” policy. The student and/or parent will pay for or replace all property which has been damaged or destroyed willfully or foolishly.
TECHNOLOGY & CELL PHONES
NO ELECTRONICS, including cell phones, tablets, smartwatches, IPods, MP3 players, electronic games, or any other electronic devices are to be used on campus.
Students with cell phones must abide by the following procedures:
Parents and students must sign a contract with the school’s cell phone policy that gives permission for their student to have a cell phone.
Cell phones are not to be used at any time on school campus.
Cell phones must be turned off and stored in backpacks outside class times (morning/afternoon supervision and After School Care included) and then turned into their teacher once they enter the classroom.
Should a student violate these rules, the following will occur:
1st offense- The student will receive a warning and the phone will be confiscated. The student can pick up the phone when they leave the campus.
2nd offense- The phone will be confiscated, and the student will be receive a “write-up” in Renweb. The phone will be picked up at the end of the day by parents/guardians.
3rd offense -The phone will be confiscated and returned to the parents/ guardians. The student will receive a “write-up” in their Renweb file, and a conference will be arranged between parent/student/teacher/ administrator.
4th offense – Suspension
DAA is not responsible for the any loss or damage to cell phones or electronic devices that may be brought on campus.
CLOTHING AND APPEARANCE
The dress policy of Desert Adventist Academy is designed to promote an image of excellence. The dress and appearance standards exist as guiding principles aimed at modesty, comfort, practicality, cleanliness, health and safety. The administration and faculty recognize the importance of self-expression and independence. The image that a student creates is a reflection of the student’s commitment to Desert Adventist Academy’s standard of excellence. The following code has been developed to assist students in understanding the image that is appropriate for participants in Desert Adventist Academy’s academic program.
- School uniform tops are to be worn during school and after school care hours unless told otherwise by school personnel. Uniform tops (polo shirts) with school logo can be purchased by the contracted uniform company.
- Outerwear such as sweatshirts and sweaters may be worn indoors and outdoors in addition to the uniform top but must follow these guidelines:
- All sweatshirts or sweaters must be solid, uniform colors (blue, grey, white, or red), have no logos, graphics, or writing.
- School sweatshirts and/or sweaters can also be purchased and worn by the contracted uniform company with DAA’s displayed logo.
- Modest pants, shorts, skorts, or skirts of a khaki and navy blue color are to be worn with the uniform top. Neither denim/jeans, skinny pants, cargos, sweat pants, flannel pants, corduroy pants, nor yoga pants are allowed.
- Pants and shorts should fit properly at the waistline (as a reference, pants should stay at the waistline with or without a belt). Shorts/skirts must be of a modest length, finger-tip length or longer. This applies to athletic attire as well.
- Clothing should be neat and in good repair (no torn, frayed or inappropriately patched clothing). This also applies to any free dress days.
- Appropriate shoes are to be worn at all times. Beach flip-flops are not acceptable footwear.
- Rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and other jewelry are not to be worn at school or school functions. This includes clear studs and anything that covers jewelry, i.e. Band-Aids, tape, etc.
- Hats and caps may not be worn in classrooms. Hats and caps worn on campus should be neat and appropriate for school. Bandanas are not allowed at any school function.
Violations to the dress code may result in the following actions:
- Letter/email sent home.
- Phone call home with request for change of clothes.
- Request for student to change clothes using extra uniforms/ clothes on site (must be washed and returned the next day).
- Parent/Teacher/Administrator conference.
- Repeated infractions may result in students being sent home for the day or a suspension.
The dress policy of Desert Adventist Academy applies to all school events on or off campus.
THE FINAL DETERMINATION OF APPROPRIATE DRESS RESTS WITH THE FACULTY.
ACCIDENTS AND MEDICATIONS
ACCIDENTS AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
All certified school personnel are trained in first aid and CPR. Standard first aid procedures are followed in the case of student injury and parents will be notified. If there is a serious injury, professional medical care will be enlisted and parents will be notified immediately.
Desert Adventist Academy has a Campus Disaster Plan. There are supplies, food, and water stored on campus should our students and staff have to stay on campus for an extended period of time.
Accident insurance is provided for all students enrolled. A brochure on school insurance will be given to each family at registration or at the beginning of the school year that explains the amount and kinds of coverage included. Reports of accidents should be made promptly to the teacher, principal, and/or school office.
No faculty or staff may dispense medication to any student for any reason. Teachers are not to diagnose a health condition or give any internal medications, including aspirin, Tylenol, etc. If any student is required to take medication during the regular school-day as prescribed by a physician, then a designated school personnel may remind and observe the self-administration of the medication. These actions can only be taken if the school has on file both:
- A written statement from the physician detailing the time schedules, amount, and method by which the medication is to be taken.
- A written statement from the parent or guardian of the student requesting that the school observe the student’s self administration of the medication.
It is understood that every student who applies for admission to Desert Adventist Academy pledges to willingly observe the school regulations on and off campus and to uphold the Christian principles upon which the school operates. The student also pledges to perform, according to ability, all assigned duties in connection with the school. All students will be asked to sign a student pledge on the first day of school.
Parents are expected to promote and support the policies and personnel of Desert Adventist Academy, to speak positively about the school, and to direct any questions or concerns to the appropriate individuals. The following procedure is based on the Biblical model of Matthew 18 for resolving differences:
- Request a conference with the teacher.
- If resolution is not attained, a conference with the teacher and principal may be requested.
- If still unresolved, request another conference which shall include the School Board Chairperson and/or Pastor.
- If the difficulty remains unresolved, a Board review may be re quested. The problem should be submitted in writing. Should the problem involve a school employee, it must be reviewed in executive session with the SECC Superintendent of Schools or his designee.
PARENT/TEACHER COMMUNICATION REGARDING ACADEMICS
RenWeb Student Data System - access parent web go to https://www.renweb.com/logins/parentsweb-login.aspx. The district code for the school is DA-CA. If you need assistance, please contact the front office to learn how to access the database.
Mid-Term Grades - At midpoint of each nine week grading period, a progress report will be issued to parents if the student is earning a grade of D or F in any subject.
Quarter Grades - Every nine weeks a report card will be issued to the parents/guardians of each student. Parents are encouraged to discuss their concerns with their child’s teacher.
Parent/Teacher Conferences - In November and April, parent/teacher conferences are scheduled. All parents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to discuss their child’s progress with the teacher.
Testing - A regular program of standardized testing is administered each year for all students in grade three and above. These free tests are used in the evaluation of student’s needs. The test results will be presented at the November parent/teacher conferences.
Students who fail to meet the minimum standard of a 2.0 GPA or have less than a C– grade for any class are subject to being placed on academic probation. Such students will be dealt with on an individual basis. Academic Probation means a student will not be able to participate in extracurricular activities such as the sports program, yearbook, or music groups that miss school days due to performances off campus.
PARENT VISITATION/ FIELD TRIPS/ VOLUNTEERS
As a courtesy to both the teacher and the students, no parent should interrupt a class to converse with the teacher or a student. Appointments to see teachers need to be made for after school hours.
School telephones are for business use only. Students will not be called from class to answer the phone, or permitted to make phone calls except in case of emergency.
Field trips are part of the educational experience at DAA. Parent chaperones/drivers are needed, but accompanying parents are asked to make arrangements for the care of siblings, of any age. Siblings, extended family members, and friends from other schools are not allowed to attend a class on any field trip or recreational trip for the following reasons:
- Field trips are planned specially for children at each grade level.
- The responsibility of being a chaperone demands the full attention of the parent.
- Many attractions that welcome school field trips require no siblings or extended family.
- School–aged siblings should not miss a day of school. Exceptions may be made for younger siblings in TK/K-1st grade only. TK/K-1st grade parents, with younger siblings, need to make prior arrangements with the Kindergarten teacher.
- Be over 21 years of age.
- Have a valid driver’s license.
- Have bodily injury coverage of $15,000/$30,000 and property damage coverage of $5,000.
- Have current copies of both driver’s license and insurance coverage (declaration page) on file in the office prior to each trip.
- Provide copy of driving record.
- Have background verification report on file in school office.
- Adhere to all posted speed limits while on trip.
- May neither consume nor provide for another any alcohol or judgment-impairing drug substance prior to or during the event.
- Follow the guidelines given per field trip.
- Drivers are asked not to smoke in the presence of students while on the trip.
- Ensure that each child and the driver have and use a seat belt. Vans may not carry more than 8 people, including the driver.
- Must not make any unplanned stops—only those designated by the teacher.
- Ensure that all children be seated in the rear of a vehicle in an appropriate car seat or booster seat until they are eight-years-old or 4’9” tall.
- Ensure no child under twelve years of age sits behind an airbag.
All volunteers must have a background verification report on file in the school office before driving on field trips or helping on a regular basis in a classroom on the school campus.
HOME AND SCHOOL CONNECTION
PURPOSE AND FUNCTIONS
Desert Adventist Academy realizes the importance of cooperation between students, teachers, and parents in striving to meet the objectives of the school; therefore, parents of the school become members of the organization at the time of registration. Active participation in the programs and activities of the organization strengthen the connection between the home and school and all parents/guardians/grandparents are encouraged to help & volunteer as much as possible.
SEX DISCRIMINATION POLICY
Desert Adventist Academy (DAA) is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment that is free from unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex in all of its employment an student activities, educational programs, and services. Any form of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct, including harassment, coercion, intimidation, or sexual violence, is reprehensible and runs counter to DAA’s teaching and guiding beliefs, it will not be tolerated. In keeping with this commitment, DAA maintains a strict policy prohibiting unlawful discrimination or harassment. Also prohibited is retaliation of any kind against individuals who report alleged incidents of discrimination or sexual misconduct, or who assist in an DAA investigation of such allegations.
Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances (including sexual violence), requests for sexual favors, and/or physical, verbal, or written conduct of a sexual nature when:
- Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education or participation in DAA’s programs or activities.
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for decisions pertaining to an individual’s employment, education, or participation in DAA’s programs or activities.
- Such speech or conduct is directed against another and is abusive or humiliating and persist after the objections of the person targeted by the speech or conduct.
- Such conduct be regarded by a reasonable person as creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment that substantially interferes with an individual’s work, education, or participation in DAA’s programs or activities.
EXAMPLES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Sexual harassment may include incidents between any member of the DAA community, including faculty, staff, students, and nonstudents or nonemployee participants in DAA programs—such as vendors, contractors, visitors, and parents.
Specific example of the verbal or physical conduct prohibited by this policy include, but are not limited to:
- Physical assault.
- Inappropriate or unwanted touching.
- Direct or implied threats that submission to sexual advances will be a condition of educational evaluation, opportunity, or advancement.
- Direct or subtle propositions of a sexual nature.
- Dating requesting dates, or entering into a romantic relationship between a student and an employee or faculty.
- A pattern of conduct that would cause discomfort and/or humiliate another individual, including, but not limit to:
- Unnecessary touching.
- Remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body.
- Remarks about sexual activity or speculations about previous sexual experience.
- Visual conduct—including leering, sexual gestures, or the display of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, language, cartoons, or jokes.
- Use of electronics means, including the internet and e-mail system, to transmit, communicate, or receive sexually suggestive, pornographic, or sexually explicit pictures, messages, or materials.
Sexual Violence: Sexual violence involves conduct relating to an actual, attempted, or threatened sexual act against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (due to age, use of drugs or alcohol, or because of an intellectual or other disability). Sexual violence includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion. Examples include “date rape” or “acquaintance rape.” Acts of sexual violence may also constitute violations of criminal or civil law subject and are to prosecution.
Consent: “Consent” is defined as agreement, approval, or permission as to some acts or purpose that is given knowingly, and voluntarily by a competent person. Consent can be withdrawn at any time. There is no consent when there is force, expressed or implied, or when coercion, intimidation, threats, or duress is used, Whether a person has taken advantage of a position of influence over another person may be a factor in determining consent. Silence or absence of resistance does not imply consent. Past consent to sexual activity with another person does not imply ongoing future consent with that person or consent to that same sexual activity with another person.
If a person is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that such person cannot understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent; this includes impairment or incapacitation due to alcohol or drug consumption that meets this standard, or being asleep or unconscious.
Retaliation: Retaliation occurs when intimidation, threats, coercion, or other discriminatory action is used against an individual who has brought a concern or reporter a possible violation of a federal civil rights. This includes formal or informal reports of a violation and reports regarding a violation of an individual’s rights or the rights of others.
Dissemination of Policy: This policy shall be disseminated to the DAA Community through publications, websites student orientations, and other appropriate channels of communication. It is the responsibility of the administration to ensure that the policy is disseminated and implemented. Administration provides oversight and leadership.
For activities involving compliance, coordination, and complaint resolution. Administration can be reached as follows:
By Phone: 760-779-1799
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Set up a meeting
Member of the DAA community school should contact administration in order to:
- Seek information or training about students’ rights and courses of action available to resolve reports or complaints that involve potential sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct.
- File a complaint or make a report of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct.
- Notify the DAA of an incident or policy or procedure that may raise potential sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct.
- Get information about available resources (including confidential resources) and support services relating to sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct.
- Ask questions about the DAA’s policies and procedures related to sex discrimination including sexual misconduct.
PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING AND RESPONDING TO COMPLAINTS OF SEX DISCRIMINATION AND/OR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
DAA encourages those who believe they have experienced any form of sex discrimination or sexual misconduct of any nature to report such conduct promptly, to seek all available assistance, and to pursue an equitable resolution of the incident(s).
Procedures have been established to provide a supportive process for individual who report discrimination and to ensure an equitable process for individuals accused of discriminatory conduct. These procedures reflect DAA’s effort to conduct timely, thorough, and equitable investigations.
Prior to filing a written complaint, a student or employee, or may choose to bring the matter to the attention of a faculty member, administrator, or any other responsible employee in a position of direct authority to resolve the issue. These responsible employees have a duty to take appropriate disciplinary action if they find that DAA policy has been violated.
FILING A WRITTEN COMPLAINT
Individuals are reminded that reporting sexual misconduct is a personal and professional responsibility. The procedure is as follows:
- Report the incident, in writing, to the office. Written complaints should be filed as soon as possible from the date the incident occurred.
- Written complaints can also be submitted to the office, administrator, or any other individual in a position of direct authority to address the allegation.
- To the extent possible, but not limited to, the complainant should provide the following information in the written complaint:
- Name, address, telephone or other contact information.
- DAA affiliation (e.g., student, employee, faculty, third party).
- Date of alleged violation.
- Location of alleged violation.
- Person(s), name and title, whom complainant believes to have harassed or engaged in sexual misconduct against the complainant.
- Description of complaint.
- Other relevant information—if you previously reported this matter, including name and departments of all other persons with whom you have discussed this matter.
- Signature and date.
INVESTIGATION AND CORRECTIVE ACTION
DAA shall conduct a prompt, thorough, and imperial inquiry into any reports of sexual harassment and /or physical sexual misconduct. DAA will take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise take steps that are reasonably calculated to end any form of sexual misconduct, whether or not a formal complaint has been initiated.
An investigation should generally be completed within sixty days from the date a complaint is reported. DAA will attempt to obtain consent from to individual filing the complaint before beginning an investigation; however, there may be instances when DAA may pursue an investigation regardless of the request of the complainant, if it deems it necessary to maintain a safe and nondiscriminatory campus environment.
The parties will be permitted to provide witnesses, documentation, or other evidence appropriate to substantiate their claims or defenses. The parties will be provided with periodic status updates during the investigation. Within thirty days of its completion of the investigation, the parties will receive concurrent notice of the outcome of the investigation, as appropriate.
ALTERNATIVE TO REPORTING
DAA encourages victims of sexual violence to talk to somebody about what happened, so victims can get the support they need, and DAA can respond appropriately. Different employees on campus have different abilities to maintain a victim’s confidentiality. School employees may be required to report all the details of an incident (including the identities of both the victim and alleged perpetrator) based on the allegations. A report to these employees (called “responsible employees”) constitutes a report to DAA and generally obligates the DAA to investigate the incident and take appropriate steps to address the situation.
DAA shall protect the privacy of individuals involved in a report of sexual misconduct to the extent required by law and DAA policy Anyone requesting confidentiality shall be informed that complete and total confidentiality may not be possible and that, depending on the nature of the alleged misconduct, some level of disclosure may be required, especially in situations alleging sexual violence. Disclosure may be made only on a need-to-know basis.
All reasonable action will be taken to prevent retaliation against the complainant, witnesses, or anyone cooperating with the investigation.
Any member of the DAA community—-faculty, staff, administrators, or students—-who is found to have engaged in sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct, is subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal or expulsion. Any administrator, supervisor, or designated employee responsible for reporting or responding to incidents of sexual misconduct who knew about such conduct and took no action to stop it or failed to report it shall also be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.