Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators

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Aware of the importance of maintaining the confidence and trust of students, parents, colleagues, and the public, Ohio educators maintain the highest degree of professional conduct for themselves and their peers. The Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators serves as the basis for decisions on issues pertaining to licensure that are consistent with applicable law, and provides a guide for conduct in situations that have professional implications for all individuals licensed by the State Board of Education.

 

This new Licensure Code of Professional Conduct brings a renewed focus on the behavior of educators in the course of their duties, and raises the threat of loss of licensure for administrators who fail to report “allegations of unprofessional conduct.” 

 

Read the Educator Standards Board’s Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators

 

What must be reported?

OAC 3319.313 provides that the only things that must be reported are:

1. Offenses listed in ORC 3319.31 or ORC 3319.39;

 

2. Any time the school district has either initiated termination proceedings or non-renewal proceedings on the basis that the board of education, governing board or chief administrator has “reasonably determined that the employee has committed an act that is unbecoming to the teaching profession or has committed an offense listed in ORC 3319.31 or ORC 3319.39;

 

3. The employee has resigned under threat of termination or non-renewal, as outlined above; or

4. The employee has resigned because of or in the course of an investigation, as outlined above.

 

Materials presented at OFT's Union Leadership Institute workshop on Professional Conduct presented by attorney Susannah Muskovitz are available at the bottom of this page. For additional questions, contact OFT Director of Professional Issues Deb Tully at 614-258-3240 or dtktoft@aol.com.


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