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Licensure COPC for Ohio Educators Color[1]

Licensure COPC for Ohio Educators Color[1]

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Adopted March 11, 2008, State Board of Education
Licensure Code ofProfessional Conductfor Ohio Educators
Educators are entrusted by the public with theresponsibility of providing a high-qualityeducation to every student.Through variousroles, these professionals devote themselvesto providing a safe and nurturing environmentin which all students can learn.In alignmentwith the
Standards for Ohio Educators
Ohio Academic Content Standards for Students
, our state’s educators strive forexcellence through high expectations that theyhold for themselves and their students.Theprofessional conduct of every educator affectsattitudes toward the profession.Educators aretrustees of the profession and share with thebroader community the responsibility ofproviding high-quality public education.Aware of the importance of maintaining theconfidence and trust of students, parents,colleagues, and the public, Ohio educatorsmaintain the highest degree of professionalconduct for themselves and their peers.The
Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators
serves as the basis fordecisions on issues pertaining to licensurethat are consistent with applicable law, andprovides a guide for conduct in situations thathave professional implications for allindividuals licensed by the State Board ofEducation, such as teachers, principals,superintendents, and other persons servingschools (e.g., school nurses, coaches,substitute teachers).Ohio is nationally known as a state thatproduces high-quality educators andrecognizes that its 250,000 practicingeducators hold the fundamental beliefsdefined in the following eight principles:1. Educators behave in a professionalmanner, realizing that one’s actionsreflect directly on the status andsubstance of the profession.2. Educators maintain a professionalrelationship with all students at all times,both in and outside the classroom.3. Educators accurately report informationrequired by the local board of education orgoverning board, state education agency,federal agency or state or federal law.4. Educators adhere to federal, state andlocal laws and statutes regarding criminalactivity.5. Educators comply with state and federallaws related to maintaining confidentialinformation.6. Educators serve as positive role modelsand do not use, possess or unlawfullydistribute illegal or unauthorized drugs.7. Educators ensure that school property,public funds or fees paid by students or thecommunity are used in the best interest ofstudents and not for personal gain.8. Educators fulfill all of the terms andobligations in their employment contract.As education is a public trust, the OhioDepartment of Education pursues allegationsof unprofessional conduct.By law, educatorsare entitled to all due process rights, witheach circumstance considered on a case-by-case basis to determine appropriate action.The
Licensure Code of Professional Conductfor Ohio Educators
includes the presumptiverange of applicable disciplinary actionsinvolving any individual licensed by the StateBoard of Education.
Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educatorspage 1
Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators
1. Professional Behavior
Educators shall behave as professionalsrealizing that their actions reflect directly onthe status and substance of the educationprofession.
 An educator serves as a positive role model to both students and adults and is responsible for preserving the dignity and  integrity of the teaching profession and for  practicing the profession according to the highest ethical standards.
Conduct unbecoming
to the profession includes,but is not limited to, the following actions:a) Failing to adhere to the
Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators
.b) Committing any violation of state or federallaws, statutes, or rules, although the conductmay not have resulted in a criminal charge,indictment, prosecution or conviction.(Thisdoes not include traffic violations.)c) Disparagingacolleague,peerorotherschoolpersonnelwhileworkinginaprofessionalsetting(e.g.,teaching,coaching,supervising,orconferencing)onthebasisofraceorethnicity,socioeconomicstatus,gender,nationalorigin,sexualorientation,political orreligiousaffiliation,physicalcharacteristics,age,disabilityorEnglishlanguageproficiency.d) Failing to complete a criminal backgroundcheck as required by state or federal law.e) Violating local, state or federal proceduresrelated to the security of standardizedtests, test supplies or resources.f) Beingdisciplinedbyanotherstateeducationalentityorotherprofessionallicensingboardorentityforunethical conduct.g) Using technology to intentionally host orpost improper or inappropriate materialthat could reasonably be accessed by theschool community.
The disciplinary actions for violations of Principle 1 can be found on Page 8.
2. Professional Relationshipwith Students
Educators shall maintain a professionalrelationship with all students at all times,both in and out of the classroom.
 An educator’s responsibility includes nurturing the intellectual, physical,emotional, social, and civic potential of all  students and providing a safe environmentfree from harassment, intimidation and criminal activity. An educator creates, supports, and maintains an appropriate learning environment for all students and fulfills the roles of trusted confidante, mentor and advocate for students’ rights. An educator must serve as a champion against child abuse and be cognizantof student behaviors that suggest abuseor neglect.
Conduct unbecoming
includes, but is notlimited to, the following actions:a) Committing any act of sexual abuse of astudent or minor or engaging ininappropriate sexual conduct with astudent or minor.b) Committing an act of cruelty to children oran act of child endangerment (e.g., physicalabuse, mental injury, or emotional abuse).c) Soliciting, encouraging, engaging orconsummating an inappropriaterelationship with a student or minor.d) Disparaging a student on the basis of raceor ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender,national origin, sexual orientation, political orreligious affiliation, physical characteristics,academic or athletic performance, disabilityor English language proficiency.e) Using inappropriate language, gesturesor signs at any school-related activitysuch as racial slurs, biased, lewd orlascivious expressions.f) Provoking an altercation between students,or provoking or engaging in a physicalaltercation with students, that is not for the
Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educatorspage 2

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