The Code Of Ethics For Educators

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The Code Of Ethics For Educators Effective 2010:

The Code Of Ethics For Educators Effective 2010 Division of Human Resources

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What Is Ethics?

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Simply put, ethics involves learning what is right or wrong, and then doing the right thing.

How Do You Know It’s Right:

How Do You Know It’s Right Three questions you should ask yourself when faced with an ethical dilemma. Is it legal? Does it violate any criminal or civil laws? Is it balanced? Is it fair to all parties concerned? Is it right? Are you proud of yourself for making this decision? Kenneth Blanchard and Norman Vincent Peale The Power of Ethical Management

The Professional Standards Commission:

The Professional Standards Commission Defines the professional behavior of educators in Georgia and serves as a guide to ethical conduct.

20-2-984.3… The commission shall be authorized to investigate::

20-2-984.3… The commission shall be authorized to investigate: Alleged violations by an educator of any law of this state pertaining to educators or the profession of education; Alleged violations by an educator of the code of ethics of the commission; Alleged violations by an educator of rules, regulations, or policies of the state board or the commission; Complaints alleging a failure by an educator to meet or comply with standards of performance of the commission or the state board; or Complaints alleging that an educator has been convicted of any felony or of any crime involving moral turpitude…

Eleven Standards:

Eleven Standards Legal Compliance Conduct with Students Alcohol or Drugs Honesty Public Funds and Property Remunerative Conduct Confidential Information Abandonment of Contract Failure to Make a Required Report Professional Conduct Testing

Standard 1- Legal Compliance :

Standard 1- Legal Compliance An educator shall abide by federal, state, and local laws and statutes.

Legal Compliance:

Legal Compliance Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to the commission or conviction of A felony or of any crime involving moral turpitude; Any other criminal offense involving the manufacture, distribution, trafficking, sale, or possession of a controlled substance or marijuana Any other sexual offense as provided for in Code Section 16; Any other laws applicable to the profession. Conviction includes: A finding or verdict of guilty, A plea of nolo contendere , regardless of whether an appeal of the conviction has been sought; A situation where first offender treatment was granted A situation where an adjudication of guilt or sentence was otherwise withheld or not entered on the charge or the charge was otherwise disposed of in a similar manner in any jurisdiction.

Simple Definition of “Not Guilty”:

Simple Definition of “Not Guilty” The District Attorney dismissed the case, or The judge ruled “Not Guilty!” with no qualifiers. Every other ruling is “ Guilty!”

20-2-984.2 Requests by Local Boards for Investigation of Criminal Offense:

20-2-984.2 Requests by Local Boards for Investigation of Criminal Offense Murder, voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, or kidnapping, Any sexual offense, Any sexual exploitation of a minor, Any offense involving marijuana or a controlled substance, Any offense involving theft, Unlawfully operating a motor vehicle after being declared a habitual violator .

A Killer Vacation :

A Killer Vacation The educator went to a neighboring state for vacation during spring break. On her last day of vacation she was arrested for manslaughter.

Standard 2 Conduct with Students :

Standard 2 Conduct with Students An educator shall always maintain a professional relationship with all students, both in and outside the classroom.

Definition of a Student :

June 2007 Definition of a Student A student is any individual enrolled in the state’s public or private schools from preschool through grade 12 or any individual between and including the ages of 3 and 17 For the purposes of the Code of Ethics, the enrollment period for a graduating student ends on August 31 of the year of graduation.

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to :

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to Committing any act of child abuse, including physical and verbal abuse; Committing any act of cruelty to children or any act of child endangerment; Engaging in or permitting harassment of or misconduct toward a student; Soliciting, encouraging, or consummating an inappropriate written, verbal, electronic, or physical relationship with a student; and

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to :

Furnishing tobacco, alcohol, or illegal/unauthorized drugs to any student or allowing a student under the educator’s supervision or control (including but not limited to the educator’s residence) to consume alcohol, or illegal/unauthorized drugs. Failing to prevent the use of alcohol or illegal/unauthorized drugs by students who are under the educator’s supervision (including but not limited to the educator’s residence or any other private setting ). Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to

Frustrated Disciplinarian :

Frustrated Disciplinarian The educator, struck a student on the side of the head, knocking the student out of his chair. The educator said that the student had been a constant disciplinary problem. He would not quit talking. He lost his temper and struck the student on the head with a half-closed hand.

Standard 3 Alcohol or Drugs :

June 2007 Standard 3 Alcohol or Drugs An educator should refrain from the use of alcohol or illegal or unauthorized drugs during the course of professional practice.

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to::

Being on school premises or at a school-related activity while under the influence of, possessing, using, or consuming illegal or unauthorized drugs; Being on school premises or at a school-related activity involving students while under the influence of, possessing, or consuming alcohol. A school-related activity includes, but is not limited to, any activity sponsored by the school or school system (booster clubs, parent-teacher organizations), or any activity designed to enhance the school curriculum i.e. Foreign Language trips, etc; Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to:

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to :

Failing to monitor and/or prevent the use of alcohol or illegal or unauthorized drugs by students who are under the educator’s supervision (including but not limited to at the educator’s residence or any other private setting). Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to

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21 Had a blood alcohol level of .314 at school Fell asleep during planning period with a half-full cup of vodka beside the desk Consumed alcohol on field trips with students Consumed alcohol after hours at school Consumed alcohol at school function Consumed alcohol while chaperoning a school trip Allowed students to drink alcohol at his/her home Possession of cocaine Possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana Prescription forgery Tested positive for cocaine Alcohol and Drugs Cases

Standard 4 Honesty :

June 2007 Standard 4 Honesty An educator should exemplify honesty and integrity in the course of professional practice.

Failure to Report a Criminal History:

June 2007 Failure to Report a Criminal History Answering “no” when the proper answer is “yes” constitutes misrepresentation and falsification. The PSC usually sanctions persons who are not honest on applications.

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to, falsifying, misrepresenting or omitting :

Professional qualifications, criminal history, college or staff development credit and/or degrees, academic award, and employment history; Information submitted to federal, state, local school districts and other governmental agencies; Information regarding the evaluation of students and/or personnel; Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to, falsifying, misrepresenting or omitting

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to, falsifying, misrepresenting or omitting :

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to, falsifying, misrepresenting or omitting Reasons for absences or leaves; Information submitted in the course of an official inquiry/investigation; and Information submitted in the course of professional practice.

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June 2007 Signed other teachers’ signatures on IEP forms Forged a parent’s signature on an SST record Used sick leave for vacation or second jobs Falsified time records Awarded credit when students had not earned it Changed grades of students to make them eligible to participate in an athletic event Provided students with answers for standardized tests. Forged or altered transcripts, certificates or references Altered scores on a GACE test report Used professional leave for personal purposes Misrepresentation or Falsification Cases

Standard 5 Public Funds and Property:

June 2007 Standard 5 Public Funds and Property An educator entrusted with public funds and property should honor that trust with honesty, accuracy and responsibility.

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to::

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to: Misusing public or school-related funds; Failing to account for funds collected from students or parents; Submitting fraudulent requests or documentation for reimbursement of expenses or for pay (including fraudulent , or purchased degrees, documents, or coursework);

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to::

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to: Co-mingling public or school-related funds with personal funds or checking accounts; Using school property without the approval of the local board of education/governing board or authorized designee; and Using school system property for personal gain.

Cyber No No:

Cyber No No The educator, an assistant principal, engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate teacher on school grounds, during duty hours and in the presence of staff and students. The educator used school system computer equipment and email service as well as a school system cell phone and cell phone service in furtherance of the inappropriate relationship.

Standard 6 Improper Remuneration:

June 2007 Georgia Professional Standards Commission 31 Standard 6 Improper Remuneration An educator should maintain integrity with students, colleagues, parents, patrons, or businesses when accepting gifts, gratuities, favors, and additional compensation.

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to::

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to: Soliciting students or parents of students to purchase equipment, supplies, or services from the educator or to participate in activities that financially benefit the educator unless approved by the local board of education/governing board or authorized designee; Accepting gifts from vendors or potential vendors for personal use or gain where there may be the appearance of a conflict of interest;

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to::

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to: Tutoring students assigned to the educator for remuneration unless approved by the local board of education/governing board or authorized designee; and Coaching, instructing, promoting athletic camps, summer leagues, etc. that involves students in an educator’s school system and from whom the educator receives remuneration unless approved by the local board of education/governing board or authorized designee. These types of activities must be in compliance with all rules and regulations of the Georgia High School Association.

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June 2007 Improper Remunerative Conduct Cases Solicited parents to pay for private music lessons Accepted gifts in exchange for extra credit points Used school personnel to perform personal tasks Promoted a personal business to students, teachers and parents Collected fees for participation in marching band and paid himself to conduct band camp Requested a ocean fishing trip from a vendor after a large purchase with no bid.

Standard 7 Confidential Information:

June 2007 Standard 7 Confidential Information An educator should comply with state and federal laws and local school board/governing board policies relating to the confidentiality of student and personnel records, standardized test material and other information covered by confidentiality agreements.

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to::

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to: Sharing of confidential information concerning student academic and disciplinary records, health and medical information, family status and/or income, and assessment/testing results unless disclosure is required or permitted by law; Sharing of confidential information restricted by state or federal law;

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to::

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to: Violation of confidentiality agreements related to standardized testing including copying or teaching identified test items, publishing or distributing test items or answers, discussing test items, violating local school system or state directions for the use of tests or test items, etc.; and Violation of other confidentiality agreements required by state or local policy.

Confidential Information:

Confidential Information Annual performance evaluation records of school personnel Health services provided to an insured Identifiable individual student performance data, information and reports School records of students with disabilities A student's education record

Not-so Private Matters :

Not-so Private Matters A teacher and counselor were sitting in the faculty lounge with parent volunteers and substitute teachers nearby. Instead of speaking in private, the educators discussed individual students’ grades and test scores. One of the parent volunteers overheard the discussion and told the student’s parent.

Standard 8 - Abandonment of Contract :

Standard 8 - Abandonment of Contract An educator should fulfill all of the terms and obligations detailed in the contract with the local board of education or education agency for the duration of the contract.

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to::

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to: Abandoning the contract for professional services without prior release from the contract by the employer, and Willfully refusing to perform the services required by a contract.

Elvis Has Left the Building:

Elvis Has Left the Building The educator was playing a non approved movie for her students during class instruction. When the principal addressed his concerns about the showing of the movie, the teacher threw her hands up, told the principal, “I quit” and walked out of the building.

Standard 9 Failure to Make a Required Report:

June 2007 Standard 9 Failure to Make a Required Report An educator should file reports of a breach of one or more of the standards in the Code of Ethics for Educators, child abuse (O.C.G.A. §19-7-5), or any other required report.

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Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to::

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to: Failure to report all requested information on documents required by the Commission when applying for or renewing any certificate with the Commission; Failure to make a required report of a violation of one or more standards of the Code of Ethics for educators of which they have personal knowledge as soon as possible but no later than ninety (90) days from the date the educator became aware of an alleged breach unless the law or local procedures require reporting sooner; and

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to::

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to: Failure to make a required report of any violation of state or federal law soon as possible but no later than ninety (90) days from the date the educator became aware of an alleged breach unless the law or local procedures require reporting sooner.

Failure to Make a Required Report Cases :

Failure to Make a Required Report Cases Alleged rape of student Another educator having sex with student Suspected child abuse involving a student Video Camera In Girls’ Locker Room Weapon On Campus Cheating on standardized test June 2007

Standard 10 Professional Conduct:

Standard 10 Professional Conduct June 2007 An educator shall demonstrate conduct that follows generally recognized professional standards and preserves the dignity and integrity of the teaching profession.

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to::

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to: Any conduct that impairs and/or diminishes the certificate holder’s ability to function professionally in his or her employment position, or behavior or Conduct that is detrimental to the health, welfare, discipline, or morals of students.

Professional Conduct Cases :

Professional Conduct Cases Organized a betting pool with students Called a student a “heifer” and said her mother was “stupid” Gave extra credit to students who contributed to a fundraiser Encouraged students to disrobe at hotel pool Left class without permission via a window several times Had two loaded guns in desk drawer Failed to supervise students (having sex in the back of the classroom) Sexually harassed a colleague Made inappropriate comments and sexual overtures to coworkers Restrained a teacher and tried to kiss her against her will Sexual interaction with colleague on school grounds Engaged in a sexual relationship with a subordinate June 2007

Standard 11 Testing:

Standard 11 Testing An educator shall administer state mandated assessments fairly and ethically.

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to::

Unethical conduct includes but is not limited to: Committing any act that breaches test security; Compromising the integrity of the assessment.

Bad, Bad Teacher:

Bad, Bad Teacher The educator provided a copy of the 7th grade mathematics benchmark test and answer key to her daughter. The daughter created a cheat sheet which she used to take the test.

Disciplinary Action:

Disciplinary Action The PSC is authorized to suspend , revoke , or deny certificates , to issue a reprimand or warning , or to monitor the educator’s conduct and performance after an investigation is held and notice and opportunity for a hearing are provided to the certificate holder . Any of the following grounds shall be considered cause for disciplinary action against the holder of a certificate:

Grounds for Disciplinary Action against a certificate::

Grounds for Disciplinary Action against a certificate: Unethical conduct as outlined in The Code of Ethics for Educators, Standards 1-11; Disciplinary action against a certificate in another state on grounds consistent with those specified in the Code of Ethics for Educators; Order from a court or a request from DHR that the certificate should be suspended or denied for non-payment of child support; Notification from the GHEAC that the educator is in default and not in satisfactory repayment status on a student loan;

Grounds for Disciplinary Action against a certificate::

Grounds for Disciplinary Action against a certificate: Suspension or revocation of any professional license or certificate; Violation of any other laws and rules applicable to the profession; and Any other good and sufficient cause that renders an educator unfit for employment as an educator.

Enforcing Sanctions:

Enforcing Sanctions An individual whose certificate has been revoked, denied, or suspended may not serve as a volunteer or be employed as an educator, paraprofessional, aide, substitute teacher or in any other position during the period of his or her revocation, suspension or denial for a violation of The Code of Ethics. The superintendent and the superintendent’s designee for certification shall be responsible for assuring that an individual whose certificate has been revoked, denied, or suspended is not employed or serving in any capacity in their district. Both the superintendent and the superintendent’s designee must hold GaPSC certification.

Let’s Review the 11 Standards!:

Let’s Review the 11 Standards! Legal Compliance Conduct with Students Alcohol or Drugs Honesty Public Funds and Property Remunerative Conduct Confidential Information Abandonment of Contract Failure to Make a Required Report Professional Conduct Testing