The individual conduct of professional educator at all levels reflects upon the practices, values, integrity, and reputation of the Utah educational profession as a whole.

A PROFESSIONAL AND COMPETENT EDUCATOR SHALL:

  • Adhere to federal and state laws, state Board Education Administrative Rules, local board policies
    and specific directives from supervisors regarding educational practices at school and school-related activities.

  • Exercise good judgment and prudence in the educator’s personal life.

AN EDUCATOR’S STANDARDS AS A PROFESSIONAL INCLUDE:

  • Documenting professional misconduct of other educators under the educators‘ direction as set forth in the law or this rule and taking appropriate action based upon the misconduct. Such action may include supervision or termination of employment when
    necessary to protect the physical or emotional well-being of students and employees and to protect the integrity of the profession, or both.

  • Not personally falsifying or directing another to falsify records or applications of any type.

  • Not recommending for employment in another district an educator who has been disciplined for unprofessional or unethical conduct or who has not met minimum professional standards in current or previous assignment, consistent with Section 34–42–1.
  • Maintaining confidentiality, consistent with the law, regarding students and colleagues.

AS AN EDUCATOR’S STANDARDS AS A ROLE MODEL FOR STUDENTS INCLUDE:

  • Developing and following objectives related to learning, organizing instruction with those objectives, and adhering to subject matters and curriculum.
  • Resolving disciplinary problems according to law and school board policy and local building procedures.
  • Maintaining confidentiality concerning a student consistent with the law.
  • Accepting and teaching students regardless of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, marital status, political or religious beliefs, physical or mental condition, family, social, or cultural background or sexual orientation.
  • Imparting to students principles of good citizenship and societal responsibility by directed learning as well as by personal example.
  • Cooperating in providing all relevant information and evidence to the proper authorities in the course of an investigation by a law enforcement agency or by Child Protective Services regarding criminal activity.
  • Following appropriate instructions and protocols in administering standardized test to students, consistent with Section 53A–1–608.

AN EDUCATOR, AS A COMMUNITY MEMBER, SHALL:

  • Not convicted of domestic violence or abuse, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of any family member.
  • Not use or distribute illegal drugs, or be convicted of any crime related to illegal drugs.
  • Not be convicted of any illegal sexual conduct.
  • Not attend school or under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, or prescription drugs if the affects the educator’s ability to perform regular activities.
  • Not participate in sexual, physical, or emotional harassment or any combination toward any student or co-worker, nor knowingly allow harassment to continue.
  • Not participate in sexual contact with a student.
  • Conduct financial business with integrity by honestly accounting for all funds committed to the educator’s charge and collect and report funds consistent with school and district policy.
  • Not accept gifts or exploit a professional relationship for gain or advantage that might create or that may impair professional judgment, Section 67–16–1 through 14, Utah Public Employees Ethics Act.
  • Not use or attempt to use or school computers or information systems in violation of the district’s acceptable use policy for employees or access information that may be detrimental to young people or inconsistent with the educator’s role model responsibility.
  • Avoid not only impropriety but also the appearance of impropriety in actions towards students and colleagues.
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