We had the obligatory "chairs' retreat" today. The first hour or so was same old crap. The last four hours were different. We had a couple of lawyers come to take us through what federal and state law requires us, as chairs but also simply as faculty, to report up the chain of command. The short answer--everything. If a kid writes an essay that seems to be a real, not a fictional account, of harassment, we are obliged to report. If a kid comes into my office and says, "I got drunk last night"--if the kid is under 21, I have to report it. And on and on it goes.
I guess I understand, to some extent, the reason for such an obligation. Certainly if a kid comes in and tells me that she's been raped or groped or given a rufie, I'd absolutely report it. But some of this reporting stuff is really over the top. I am certainly not going to report that a 19 year old kid got drunk over the weekend. If I go to jail as a result, so be it.
_________________________ MACTECHubi dolor ibi digitus
Dealing with student issues is a very ad hoc affair in Japan. I've asked about these issues, and am told "it's up to the individual teacher".
Speaking of the judgment of individual teachers: There are more than 2 male teachers at my school who married a graduate from the school (high school) within weeks or months of them graduating. They insist nothing was going on before that, but nobody buys it.
_________________________ We are what we repeatedly do - Aristotle
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