ODE Code of Professional Conduct

Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators

On March 11, 2008, the State Board of Education adopted The Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators. The Ohio Department of Education collaborated with the Educator Standards Board to create the Code that was mandated in House Bill 190.

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, such as teachers, principals, superintendents, and other persons serving schools (e.g., school nurses, coaches, substitute teachers). The Code is defined in the following eight principles:

  1. Educators behave in a professional manner, realizing that one’s actions reflect directly on the status and substance of the profession.
  2. Educators maintain a professional relationship with all students at all times, both in and outside the classroom.
  3. Educators accurately report information required by the local board of education or governing board, state education agency, federal agency or state or federal law.
  4. Educators adhere to federal, state and local laws and statutes regarding criminal activity.
  5. Educators comply with state and federal laws related to maintaining confidential information.
  6. Educators serve as positive role models and do not use, possess or unlawfully distribute illegal or unauthorized drugs.
  7. Educators ensure that school property, public funds or fees paid by students or the community are used in the best interest of students and not for personal gain.
  8. Educators fulfill all of the terms and obligations in their employment contract.

The Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators goes into specifics, including disciplinary actions that can be taken for each type of alleged offense.