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Code of Ethics for Arkansas Educators


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The Code of Ethics for Arkansas Educators defines minimum standards of ethical conduct for all educators. The State Board of Education approved the standards on September 1, 2008. The ADE Rules Governing the Code of Ethics for Arkansas Educators further define these standards and provides a process for investigating alleged violations.

What is expected of Arkansas Educators?

Standard 1

An educator maintains a professional relationship with each student, both in and outside the classroom.

Standard 2

An educator maintains competence regarding his or her professional practice inclusive of skills, knowledge, dispositions, and responsibilities relating to his or her organizational position.

Standard 3

An educator honestly fulfills reporting obligations associated with professional practices.

Standard 4

An educator entrusted with public funds and property, including school sponsored activity funds, honors that trust with honest, responsible stewardship.

Standard 5

An educator maintains integrity regarding the acceptance of any gratuity, gift, compensation or favor that might impair or appear to influence professional decisions or actions and shall refrain from using the educator’s position for personal gain.

Standard 6

An educator keeps in confidence secure standardized test materials and results, and maintains integrity regarding test administration procedures.

Standard 7

An educator maintains the confidentiality of information about students and colleagues obtained in the course of the educator's professional services that is protected under state law or regulations, federal law or regulations, or the written policies of the educator's school district, unless disclosure serves a professional purpose as allowed or required by law or regulations.

Standard 8

An educator refrains from using, possessing and/or being under the influence of alcohol or unauthorized drugs/substances and/or possessing items prohibited by law, or possessing or using tobacco or tobacco-related products while on school premises or at school-sponsored activities involving students.

Who has to abide by the Code of Ethics?

Arkansas law mandates that every person with a valid Arkansas teaching license and all educators teaching under an Act 1240 waiver are required to abide by the Code of Ethics for Arkansas Educators.

Who can file a complaint?

Any person can fill out an allegation form and file it with the Department of Education, school district superintendent, or a public school district, but it must be signed under penalty of perjury. 



For more information, please contact:

Eric R. James, Chief Educational Investigator
Professional Licensure Standards Board
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Box 30
Little Rock, Arkansas
Office: 501-682-3777
CP: 501-529-6929
FAX: 501-682-3781

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