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Codes of Conduct

Sexual misconduct of any kind is gravely contrary to the will of God.  In keeping with this bedrock belief, the Archdiocese has adopted Codes of Conduct for both clergy and laity.  These Codes of Conduct are rooted in the Christian virtues of chastity, purity, and prudence, and call all our personnel to Christ-centered conduct with our children.  Together with the Safe Environment Policies, the Codes of Conduct shape and define the proper behavior of adults who are serving children in our parishes, schools, religious education programs, and other agencies.

The Codes of Conduct are to be followed by all Archdiocesan personnel.  Any violation of the Codes must be taken very seriously and must be brought to the attention of a  supervisor immediately.  Personnel may also report violations to the Safe Environment Office or the Office of Legal Affairs of the Archdiocese.

Supervisors of Archdiocesan programs are responsible for ensuring that the Codes are observed by all personnel.  Supervisors must immediately address any violation as soon as it comes to their attention, and take appropriate corrective and disciplinary action.

Any violation of the Code of Conduct that represents a risk to minors, or violations that are repeated after having been corrected, shall be the basis for termination of a person's employment or volunteer service. 

You can download the various Codes of Conduct:

Code of Conduct for Laity

Code of Conduct for Laity (Spanish)

Code of Conduct for Clergy

Code of Conduct for Clergy (Spanish)

We have also developed the following guidelines for two common areas about which people have questions -- maintaining proper professional boundaries, and acceptable kinds of physical contact with a minor.

Proper Professional Boundaries

Professionalism requires that adults maintain clear boundaries in their relationship with the minors they are serving. 

Adults bear the responsibility to ensure that:

Here are some specific guidelines to help maintain proper professional boundaries in your relationship with minors:

Physical Contact with Minors

Physical contact between adults and minors must be approached with a high degree of caution, and must be very strictly limited.  Adults are responsible for ensuring that there is no inappropriate physical contact with minors.

Physical contact with a minor is only permissible if: 

Here are some specific guidelines regarding physical contact with minors: