Getting Involved





Getting Involved

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Policy 400.01 Exhibit 1 – Employee Professionalism (Boundary Violations)



Boundary Violations / Inappropriate Conduct Scenarios


  1. Boundary violation: “means crossing verbal, physical, emotional, and social lines that a school employee must maintain in order to ensure structure, security, and predictability in an educational environment and has the potential to abuse the employee-student relationship.”
  2. Inappropriate Conduct: Any behavior by an employee or volunteer toward a student that would reasonably give the appearance of impropriety, regardless of whether such behavior is complained of by the student, regardless of whether the behavior is overtly sexual, and/or regardless of whether such behavior would constitute a crime.

Example Scenarios:

Examples of adult-to-student behavior that may, upon examination of a totality of the circumstances, constitute boundary violations and/or conduct under Policy-400.1 and lead to employee discipline, up to and including termination for cause, include, but are not limited to:

  1. Sexual invitations or requests for sexual activity in exchange for the following, but not limited to: grades, preferences, playing time on athletic teams, etc.;
  2. Physical displays of affection: (e.g., “full body” hugs; holding hands; kissing; caressing of hair, face, or clothing; suggestive dancing; and massages, etc.);
  3. Personal communication with a student for reasons unrelated to instruction or official school business. (e.g., exchanging personal e-mail, phone numbers, social media requests, and text).
  4. Telling risqué jokes to, or in the presence of students;
  5. Conversations or discussions with students that are sexually suggestive, sexually degrading, that imply sexual motives or intentions, or that pry into a student’s personal business, including sexual remarks or innuendoes about a student’s body or appearance; discussions about sexual experiences or exploits; spreading sexual rumors; questioning a student about his or her boyfriend, girlfriend, sexual experience and attitudes, etc;
  6. The use of sexual innuendoes, sexual profanity, or sexual slang in the presence of students;
  7. Isolated, one-on-one interactions with students out of the line of sight of others;
  8. Obstructing access, or the view, into classrooms, closets, or storage areas by locking doors when in a classroom or office alone with a student; covering windows with paper or other opaque material, etc;
  9. Drinking alcohol or taking illicit drugs in the presence of students; providing alcohol or drugs to students; or permitting students to drink alcohol or take drugs at school-sponsored activities, at the employee’s residence, or in any other context;
  10. Inviting a student to travel or go somewhere alone;
  11. Providing a student with gifts, money, cards, privileges, or other personal favors;
  12. Employing favoritism to a student;
  13. Taking students to lunch off-campus in the employee’s personal vehicle;
  14. Photographing individual students for a non-educational purpose or use;
  15. Requesting or encouraging students to “model;” taking or distributing photographs of individual students; or “promoting” students on Web pages or through other means, particularly where such activities contain sexual innuendo or content and are undertaken without the parent’s knowledge or consent;
  16. Hot-tubbing or playing inappropriate party games with students;
  17. Participating in, or condoning, inappropriate physical pranks, including but not limited to: teasing, or hazing such as “mooning,” “snuggies,” “wedgies,” bra-snapping, skirt
    “flip-ups,” pinching, etc.;
  18. Providing, paying for, attending, or covering up, medical appointments or procedures for a student, such as tests for pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs); labor and delivery; or abortion;
  19. Viewing with a student sexually explicit or inappropriate media, programs, or content;
  20. Any sexual act of a criminal nature, including but not limited to, rape, attempted rape, statutory rape, sexual assault and battery, hazing, child sexual abuse, gratification of lust, or contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Boundary violations do not include:

  1. Offering praise, encouragement, or acknowledgment;
  2. Offering rewards available to all who achieve;
  3. Asking permission to touch for necessary purposes;
  4. Giving pats on the back or shoulder;
  5. Giving side hugs;
  6. Giving hand shakes or high fives;
  7. Offering warmth and kindness;
  8. Utilizing public social media alters to groups of students and parents; or
  9. Contact permitted by an IEP or 504 plan.

This online presentation is an electronic representation of the Canyons School District’s currently adopted policy manual. It does not reflect updating activities in progress. The official, authoritative manual is available for inspection in the office of the Superintendent located at 9361 South 300 East Sandy, UT 84070.

Board Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Education for Canyons School District will hold a regular study session and public business meeting at the Canyons District Office building, 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT each month unless otherwise posted. The Board may determine to conduct some business during a study session. All business meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless changed by the Board and appropriately posted for the public.

Please note that ALL DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS listed on this scheduled are TENTATIVE and are subject to change at any time.  Please check this schedule often to be informed of any changes.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings in the schedule below will take place as the Canyons District Office located at 9361 S. 300 E. in Sandy, Utah.

District Leaders

Dr. Rick Robins


Dr. Rick L. Robins is the superintendent of Canyons School District. Dr. Robins, who was selected by the Canyons Board of Education after a national search, brings 24 years of experience as an educator to his role as the chief executive officer of Utah’s fifth-largest school district. Prior to joining Canyons, Dr. Robins, who earned an Ed.D. from the University of Las Vegas, for six years was Superintendent of the Juab School District, based in Nephi, Utah. While there, Dr. Robins, who also was the Juab High School Principal from 2009-2013, helped oversee efforts to improve the district’s graduation rate to 97 percent, a double-digit increase over a 10-year period. Other innovations he led in Juab included a partnership with Arizona State University for blended-learning opportunities; the launch of a districtwide competency-based personalized learning model driven by a 1:1 technology initiative and standards-based reporting system; and the construction of the STEM-focused West Campus Innovations Center, funded largely through private and corporate sponsorships. Dr. Robins began his career as a history teacher at Copper Hills High in the Jordan School District and has worked as an assistant principal and principal in the Alpine, Nebo and Juab school districts. He was the 2012 Utah High School Principal of the Year for the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2014 earned the Lexington Institute Superintendent Fellowship Award presented to innovative superintendents across the country. Dr. Robins was starting quarterback for the football team at Southern Utah University Thunderbirds from 1991-1995, and in 2013 was inducted into SUU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He has four children and one grandchild.

Leon Wilcox

Business Administrator and CFO

Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.

Supervises:  Accounting and Budget Services, Facilities and Maintenance, Insurance, New Construction Budget, Nutrition Services, Purchasing, Payroll

Dr. Robert M. Dowdle

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance

Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

Specialty Schools

High Schools

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

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