Ethics & Integrity in Ministry (EIM)
Ethics & Integrity in Ministry
On January 1, 2002, the Catholic Diocese of Austin instated policies on Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM). EIM compliance is required of all clergy, religious, seminarians, diocesan employees, parish and Catholic school employees, and lay persons who volunteer in ministry with minors or vulnerable adults, or in any ministry, program or organization that serves youth or vulnerable adults in any manner, or functions at a time and place where they are typically present. To be compliant, one submits an EIM Application for Ministry (one time only) and attends an EIM Workshop every three years.
If you plan to volunteer for the school in any of these capacities (chaperone, classroom parties/visits, lunch visits, etc.) you must be in compliance with these policies in order to participate. (St. Austin Catholic School requires that ALL faculty/staff be EIM compliant.)
Compliance with the Diocesan Ethics and Integrity in Ministry Policies requires the following steps:
Complete and submit the Secure Online Application and criminal record check agreement. This step is only required once. If you have completed the application online in the past, you are encouraged to log in and update your information. Email Password and Alternate Login links are available for your convenience on the Ethics and Integrity in Ministry database log in screen.
- Attend the Ethics and Integrity in Ministry Workshop within 60 days of submitting your application. This step is required every three years. If you are a victim of sexual abuse and have concerns regarding your attendance at a workshop, please contact Emily Hurlimann at 512-949-2447 to discuss an alternative workshop arrangement.
Any question about the Ethics and Integrity in Ministry program can be directed to the school EIM Coordinator or the Diocesan of Austin Ethics and Integrity in Ministry office.
Reporting an Incident of Concern
The Diocese of Austin, the Catholic Church of Central Texas, is committed to preventing harm from happening to any of our children or vulnerable adults. If you are aware of sexual abuse and/or neglect of a child or vulnerable adult by a volunteer, employee or clergy member, our Ethics and Integrity in Ministry policies require that you report that information to the diocesan chencellor by calling 512-476-4888. A Notice of Concern form can also be used. These reports may be made anonymously. It is also state law that abuse and/or neglect of a minor must be reported to local law enforcement or to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services through their website or by calling 1-800-252-5400.
EIM Workshops are year-round all around the Diocese. All parents are encourage to fill out an application and attend a workshop. Once you have filled out an application and have an account, you can sign-up for a workshop through your online account. Classes fill up, REGISTER to guarantee your spot. Plan to arrive early as late arrivals will be denied entry into the class.