DePaul School of Northeast Florida Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics: Based on the Florida Department of Education, State Board of Education Administrative Rules. Chapter 6B-1, Code of Ethics - Education Profession.
All Educators Employed by DSNF
a. Shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning and/or to the student's mental and/or physical health and/or safety.
b. Shall not unreasonably restrain a student from independent action in pursuit of learning.
c. Shall not unreasonably deny a student access to diverse points of view.
d. Shall not intentionally suppress or distort subject matter relevant to a student's academic program.
e. Shall not intentionally expose a student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement.
f. Shall not intentionally violate or deny a student's legal rights.
g. Shall not harass or discriminate against any student on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition, sexual orientation, or social and family background and shall make reasonable effort to assure that each student is protected from harassment or discrimination.
h. Shall not exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage.
i. Shall keep in confidence personally identifiable information obtained in the course of professional service, unless disclosure serves professional purposes or is required by law.
Further, the obligation to the public requires that the educator:
a. Shall take reasonable precautions to distinguish between personal views and those of any educational institution or organization with which the individual is affiliated.
b. Shall not intentionally distort or misrepresent facts concerning an educational matter in direct or indirect public expression.
c. Shall not use institutional privileges for personal gain or advantage.
d. Shall accept no gratuity, gift, or favor that might influence professional judgment.
e. Shall offer no gratuity, gift, or favor to obtain special advantages.
In addition to the above, the profession of education requires that the individual:
a. Shall maintain honesty in all professional dealings.
b. Shall not on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, handicapping condition if otherwise qualified, or social and family background deny to a colleague professional benefits or advantages or participation in any professional organization.
c. Shall not interfere with a colleague's exercise of political or civil rights and responsibilities.
d. Shall not engage in harassment or discriminatory conduct which unreasonably interferes with an individual's performance of professional or work responsibilities or with the orderly processes of education or which creates a hostile, intimidating, abusive, offensive, or oppressive environment; and, further, shall make reasonable effort to assure that each individual is protected from such harassment or discrimination.
e. Shall not make malicious or intentionally false statements about a colleague.
f. Shall not use coercive means or promise special treatment to influence professional judgments of colleagues.
g. Shall not misrepresent one's own professional qualifications.
h. Shall not submit fraudulent information on any document in connection with professional activities.
i. Shall not make any fraudulent statement or fail to disclose a material fact in one's own or another's application for a professional position.
j. Shall not withhold information regarding a position from an applicant or misrepresent an assignment or conditions of employment.
k. Shall provide upon the request of the certificated individual a written statement of specific reason for recommendations that lead to the denial of increments, significant changes in employment, or termination of employment.
l. Shall not assist entry into or continuance in the profession of any person known to be unqualified in accordance with these Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida and other applicable Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules.
m. Shall self-report within forty-eight (48) hours to appropriate authorities (as determined by district) any arrests/charges involving the abuse of a child or the sale and/or possession of a controlled substance. Such notice shall not be considered an admission of guilt nor shall such notice be admissible for any purpose in any proceeding, civil or criminal, administrative or judicial, investigatory or adjudicatory. In addition, shall self-report any conviction, finding of guilt, withholding of adjudication, commitment to a pretrial diversion program, or entering of a plea of guilty or Nolo Contendre for any criminal offense other than a minor traffic violation within forty-eight (48) hours after the final judgment. When handling sealed and expunged records disclosed under this rule, DSNF shall comply with the confidentiality provisions of Sections 943.0585(4)(c) and 943.059(4)(c), Florida Statutes.
n. Shall report to appropriate authorities any known allegation of a violation of the Florida School Code or State Board of Education Rules as defined in Section 231.28(1), Florida Statutes.
o. Shall seek no reprisal against any individual who has reported any allegation of a violation of the Florida School Code or State Board of Education Rules as defined in Section 231.28(1), Florida Statutes.
p. Shall comply with the conditions of an order of the Education Practices Commission imposing probation, imposing a fine, or restricting the authorized scope of practice.
Finally, DePaul School of Northeast Florida requires that its educators also strictly observe the DSNF Code of Professional Ethics and Conduct as stated below:
All employees and volunteers of The DePaul School of Northeast Florida are expected to adhere to the following standards of professional ethics:
We will utilize fully our professional skills in striving to identify and help each learning disabled student live up to his or her potential.
We will accord students full respect as individuals while teaching them to respect the rights of others.
We will respect the uniqueness of each student's race, culture, and religion while attempting to instill a sense of self-worth, individuality and the responsibilities as well as the privileges of citizenship.
We will use our knowledge and skills to increase awareness and understanding of learning disabled students.
We will not exclude from participation in or deny benefit to or discriminate in any other way against any employee, student or volunteer of DSNF or any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, age, sex, religion, color, national origin, handicap, marital status, veteran status, or political belief.
We will not purchase any service or product from a member, employer of a member, or any company in which a member has a financial interest without a competitive bidding process.
We will represent our services and intentions honestly and openly.
Confidentiality of student information and business operations will be strictly observed.
Employees are representatives of DSNF and shall conduct themselves as ambassadors of good will for the school at all times.
Conversations with parents and potential clients will reflect the professional basis of the relationship and not be based on personal interests.
Interactions between DSNF employees at the workplace or at school functions must be professional. Inappropriate behavior can result in the immediate dismissal of the employee.
Relationships between employees and DSNF clients must reflect professionalism. Personal involvement with clients can be considered grounds for dismissal if it reflects on DSNF in a negative way or interferes with the relationship between the school and the client.
Gifts from parents or students valuing in excess of $50 must be graciously declined.
Employment of DSNF employees by clients of DSNF creates a conflict of interest and is not allowed.