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7305 7305-R Code of Ethics for Educators

The purpose of this R&P is to define standards of professional conduct. The information contained in this document was modeled after the State Board of Education Policy regarding the Code of Ethics for North Carolina Educators and applies to all employees of the Pender County Schools.

The professional educator exemplifies commitment to teaching and learning, accountability to the students, dedication to continuous improvement and professional growth, the exercise of professional judgment, and a high level of integrity. The educator strives to maintain the respect and confidence of colleagues, students, parents and legal guardians, and the community and to serve as an appropriate role model, demonstrating a high standard of personal character and conduct.

A.   The educator demonstrates:

1.    Commitment to the Student – The educator

a.    Protects students from conditions within the educator’s control that circumvent learning or are detrimental to the health and safety of students.

b.    Maintains an appropriate relationship with students in all settings; does not encourage, solicit, or engage in a sexual or romantic relationship with students, nor touch a student in an inappropriate way for personal gratification, with intent to harm, or out of anger.

c.    Evaluates students and assigns grades based upon the students’ demonstrated competencies and performance. 

d.    Disciplines students justly and fairly and does not deliberately embarrass or humiliate them. 

e.    Holds in confidence information learned in professional practice except for professional reasons or in compliance with pertinent regulations or statutes.

f.     Refuses to accept significant gifts, favors, or additional compensation that might influence or appear to influence professional decisions or actions.

g.    Does not use his or her position or assignment in ways that could be construed to unfairly or unduly influence students. For example, an employee may not: (1) receive fees from educational institutions for the recruitment of students; (2) recruit students to participate in private business-type activities that are not extensions of the instructional program but are operated by the employee apart and separate from the school system; (3) solicit current students or parents of students to purchase equipment, supplies, or services from the educator in a private remunerative capacity, including tutoring unless approved by the Superintendent;(4) receive fees or other considerations for the recruitment, enlistment or chaperoning of students for private promotions; (5) cause students to feel it necessary or advisable to participate in activities or events which require more than nominal costs for such activities as lunches, dinners, admissions, transportation or entertainment; or (6) encourage student athletes to circumvent the board-approved pupil assignment plan in order to participate in athletics in a school outside the student’s appropriate school assignment.

2.    Commitment to the School and School System – The educator

a.    Utilizes available resources to provide a classroom climate conducive to learning and to promote learning to the maximum possible extent.

b.    Acknowledges the diverse views of students, parents and legal guardians, and colleagues as they work collaboratively to shape educational goals, policies, and decisions; does not proselytize for personal viewpoints that are outside the scope of professional practice.

c.    Signs a contract in good faith and does not abandon contracted professional duties without a substantive reason.

d.    Participates actively in professional decision-making processes and supports the expression of professional opinions and judgments by colleagues in decision-making processes or due process proceedings.

e.    Refrains from being under the influence of, possessing, using, or consuming on school premises or at a school-sponsored activity a controlled substance as defined by G.S. 90-95 without a prescription authorizing such use; being under the influence of, possessing, using, or consuming an alcoholic beverage on school premises or at a school-sponsored activity involving students; or furnishing alcohol or a controlled substance to any student except as indicated in the professional duties of administering legally prescribed medications.

f.     Complies with all criminal laws.

g.    Refrains from misusing public funds or property, accounts for funds collected from students, colleagues, or parents/legal guardians, and does not submit fraudulent requests for reimbursement, expenses, or pay.

h.    When acting in an administrative capacity:

(1)    Acts fairly, consistently, and prudently in the exercise of authority with colleagues, subordinates, students, and parents and legal guardians.

(2)    Evaluates the work of other educators using appropriate procedures and established statutes and regulations.

(3)    Protects the rights of others in the educational setting and does not retaliate, coerce, or intentionally intimidate others in the exercise of rights protected by law.

(4)    Recommends persons for employment, promotion, or transfer according to their professional qualifications, the needs and policies of the LEA, and the law.

3.    Commitment to the Profession – The educator

a.    Practices the generally recognized professional standards of federal, state, and local governing bodies.

b.    Demonstrates honesty.

(1)    Provides accurate credentials and information regarding licensure or employment and does not knowingly assist others in providing untruthful information.

(2)    Provides accurate information when requesting college or staff development credit, submitting reports, or completing applications or recommendations for college or university admission, scholarship, grant, academic award, or similar benefit.

c.    Takes action to remedy an observed violation of the Code of Ethics for North Carolina Educators and promotes understanding of the principles of professional ethics.

d.    Pursues growth and development in the practice of the profession and uses that knowledge in improving the educational opportunities, experiences, and performance of students and colleagues.

The prohibition of certain conduct in this policy shall not be interpreted as approval of conduct not specifically cited. In addition, personnel licensed as educators by the State Board of Education are bound by the guidelines of State Board of Education policy, including the Policy regarding the Code of Ethics for Educators, and all applicable laws; any willful breach may result in consequences including license suspension or revocation.

Legal References:
State Board of Education Policy TCP-C-014 (16 NCAC 6C.0601 Policy regarding the Code of Ethics for North Carolina Educators)
Cross References:
Code of Ethics for Educators (policy 7305); Responsibility for Compliance with Board Policies (policy 7000)
Monday, 02 February 2015
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