Convicted Offender Tracking System
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a responsibility to make its work and worship environments free from sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct.
To achieve this goal, the North American Division (NAD) has adopted these Convicted Sexual Offender Tracking System Clearing House Guidelines for relating to convicted offenders who are employees of the North American Division (NAD) office and field.
If criminal charges are filed against an employee involving sexual acts against a minor or an adult, and the employee is convicted or a judgment or finding of guilt is entered by a court, the person shall be immediately terminated from Seventh-day Adventist employment.
Likewise, if sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and/or sexual misconduct charges filed with the Sexual Ethics Committee against an employee results in a finding against that person, the employee may be terminated as provided in the Guidelines for Sexual Misconduct in Church Relationships involving Denominational Employees and Volunteers for the North American Division.
Acquittal of criminal charges by a court shall not be understood to automatically terminate the proceedings of the Sexual Ethics Committee.
The investigation and hearing by the said Committee may proceed until a determination is made on whether the employee has engaged in sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and/or sexual misconduct in violation of the model procedures for Sexual Misconduct in Church Relationships Involving Denominational Employees and Volunteers for the North American Division.
When an employee is terminated for conviction of sexual criminal acts, or a judgment or finding of guilt has been entered by a court, a statement of such termination and the basis of the conviction as entered upon the court record shall be placed in the offender's service record.
Additionally, a statement of the termination and the basis for the termination shall be filed immediately with the North American Division Data Management Services, to be placed on its computerized tracking system.
This system shall serve as a clearinghouse for identifying convicted sexual offenders.
Employing entities of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America are requested to review carefully the service record of all potential employees to prevent employment of sexual offenders. Such organizations are also requested to review the Data Management Services tracking system before a commitment for employment is made.