EIM - Ethics and Integrity in Ministry

What is the Purpose of the EIM Program?

The Ethics and Integrity in Ministry program of the Diocese of Austin and Sacred Heart-Rockne parish is devoted to providing the safest possible environment for our parishioners and visitors. The program promotes the protection of minors, elderly adults, and adults with disabilities as well as ethical behavior in all ministries.

Who Should Participate in the EIM Program? 

EIM compliance is required for persons active in most ministries in the diocese, such as teachers, lay readers, Eucharistic ministers, ushers, and musicians. This includes an application, an initial in-person workshop, an online refresher training every three years, and agreement to regular background checks.

Do you need to be compliant? Visit austindiocese.org/eim to learn about compliance policies, how new applicants get started, and how active users maintain compliance. Contact eim@austindiocese.org for further assistance. 

How do I Initiate an Application?

Click www.austindiocese.org/eim-instructions to create an account and submit an initial EIM Application. Be sure to complete all sections of the application within 48 hours and select a workshop to attend within 30 days.

How do I Renew My Training and Background Check Compliance?

Volunteers required to take the EIM training must take refresher training and agree to a new background check every 3 years. You will get an email reminder when it's time to take the refresher training, which is offered online. In your EIM account ( www.austindiocese.org/eim-instructions ), look for the "Current Training" notice to take the training. Both English and Spanish options are available.

How do I Report Abuse?

Report abuse of a minor, elderly adult, or an adult with a disability to local law enforcement or to the Texas Abuse Hotline at www.txabusehotline.org or (800) 252-5400 and to the diocese at www.austindiocese.org/report-abuse or (512) 949-2447. Bishop Joe S. Vásquez and the Diocese of Austin are committed to providing compassionate care to persons who have experienced abuse, particularly if committed by clergy or a church representative. If you or someone you know have experienced such abuse, contact the diocesan Coordinator of Victim Assistance and Pastoral Support at (512) 949-2400. 

What if I Have Questions?

Maintaining a safe environment and ensuring that all people are treated in an ethical and fair fashion is the responsibility of all parishioners. Please contact Laura with any questions, comments or concerns.  You can find more information about the Church's EIM initiative and policies on the EIM page of the Diocese of Austin website.