Less than a month after Tallahassee Reports broke a story about an improper relationship between a principal and a married teacher, the Leon County School Board will consider adopting rules that make such a relationship against school policy.
The proposed policy states that “consensual/intimate relationships between employees in supervisor-subordinate roles increase the likelihood of sexual harassment in the workplace and create morale problems resulting from actual or perceived favoritism.”
The policy defines “consensual/intimate relationship” as a relationship in which two persons are married or engaged by mutual consent in a betrothed, dating, amorous, intimate and/or sexual relationship. This definition applies regardless of the sexual orientation or gender of the employees involved.”
Such a relationship is deemed by the policy as “misconduct.”
The policy states that “Supervisors and subordinates who engage in a consensual/intimate relationship, in violation of
this policy, are subject to disciplinary action ranging from involuntary transfer, reassignment, demotion, suspension or termination, as appropriate.”
The policy also provides a method for supervisors and subordinates who are currently engaged in a consensual/intimate relationship to avoid a violation under the proposed policy by disclosing the relationship in writing to the Superintendent within thirty days of the effective date of the policy.
Failure to provide such written disclosure will be considered misconduct and subject to disciplinary action.
The new policy was made public during the “Agenda Review/Workshop for the Tuesday, August 14, 2018 School Board Business Meeting” held on August 13th.