What is Ethics & Integrity in Ministry (EIM)?
On January 1, 2002, the Austin Diocese instated policies on Ethics and Integrity in Ministry for all those who work in the church, whether in paid or volunteer positions. In August 2008 these policies were updated to reflect changes recommended by an Ethics and Integrity in Ministry review board. Read Bishop Aymond's August 1, 2008 letter from the Catholic Diocese of Austin's Policies on Ethics and Integrity in Ministry.
Diocesan policy states that compliance with EIM is required of...
any ministry that serves youth or vulnerable adults in any manner or which functions where minors are typically present. This includes, but is not limited to: Religious Education, Youth Ministry, Catholic schools, Homebound/Hospital Ministry, parish organizations that may serve youth (Ladies/Men’s Clubs, Knights of Columbus, Knights of Peter Claver, Serra Club/Vocations Ministry, etc), Society of St Vincent de Paul, parish/school sponsored Scout groups, liturgical ministries (Hospitality, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, etc). Additional ministries/organizations may be designated by a pastor or principal.
The revised policies state that all adult volunteers who are required to be EIM compliant must complete the EIM workshop every three years.
If you plan to volunteer for the parish in any of these capacities you must be in compliance with these policies in order to participate. All parishioners are invited to take advantage of this educational opportunity regardless of your ministry.
How do I become compliant with Diocesan policy?
Compliance with Diocesan Ethics and Integrity in Ministry policies requires the following steps:
1. 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 & Integrity in Ministry database log in screen.
2. Attend the Ethics and Integrity in Ministry workshop within 60 days of submitting your application. This step is required every three years.
Any questions about the Ethics and Integrity in Ministry program can be directed to the parish EIM Coordinator or the Diocese of Austin Ethics and Integrity in Ministry office.
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.