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(a) Any student (or parent or friend of a student) who has been the victim of an act of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by a teacher, administrator or other school system employee is urged to make an oral report of the act to any teacher, counselor or administrator at his/her school.
 
(b) Any teacher, counselor or administrator receiving a report of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct of a student by a teacher, administrator or other employee shall make an oral report of the incident immediately by telephone or otherwise to the school principal or principal’s designee, and shall submit a written report of the incident to the school principal or principal’s designee within 24 hours, who shall then promptly forward said report to the office designated below.  If the principal is the person accused of the sexual abuse or sexual misconduct, the oral and written reports should be made to the office designated below:
 
     Director of the Office of Internal Resolution/Employee Relations (OIR)
     Office of Internal Resolution/Employee Relations
     130 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
     Phone number: (404) 802-2362
     Fax number:(404) 802-1305

(c) Any school principal or principal’s designee receiving a report of sexual abuse as defined in O.C.G.A. 19-7-5 shall make an oral report immediately, but in no case later than 24 hours from the time there is reasonable cause to believe a child has been abused. The report should be made by telephone and followed by a written report in writing, if requested, to a child welfare agency providing protective services, as designated by the department of Human Resources, or, in the absence of such agency, to an appropriate police authority or district attorney and to the office designated below:

     Director of the Office of Internal Resolution/Employee Relations (OIR)
     Office of Internal Resolution/Employee Relations
     130 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
     Phone number: (404) 802-2362
     Fax number:(404) 802-1305

Reports of acts of sexual misconduct against a student by a teacher, administrator or their employee not covered by O.C.G.A. 19-7-5 or 20-2-1184 shall be investigated immediately by school or system personnel. If the investigation of the allegation of sexual misconduct indicates a reasonable cause to believe that the report of sexual misconduct is valid, the school principal or principal’s designee shall make an immediate written report to the superintendent and the Professional Standards Commission Ethics Division.

Listed below are definitions for “sexual abuse” and “sexual misconduct”
"Sexual abuse" means a person's employing, using, persuading, inducing, enticing, or coercing any minor who is not that person's spouse to engage in any sexual act as defined in O.C.G.A. 19-7-5.

“Sexual misconduct” includes behavior by an educator that is directed at a student and intended to sexually arouse or titillate the educator or the child. Educator sexual misconduct by an educator may include, but is not limited to, the following behavior:

1. Made sexual comments, jokes, or gestures.
2. Showed or displayed sexual pictures, photographs, illustrations, or
    messages.
3. Wrote sexual messages/graffiti on notes or the internet.
4. Spread sexual rumors (i.e. said a student was gay or a lesbian).
5. Spied on students as they dressed, showered or used the restroom
    at school.
6. Flashed or “mooned” students.
7. Touched, excessively hugged, or grabbed students in a sexual way.
8. Forced a student to kiss him/her or do something else of a sexual nature.
9. Talked or asked about a student’s developing body, sexuality, dating habits,
    etc.
10. Talked repeatedly about sexual activities or sexual fantasies.
11. Made fun of your body parts.
12. Called students sexual names.