Code of Ethics

Principles of Professional Conduct or the Education Profession in Florida(6B-1.006)

6A-10.080 Code of Ethics of the Education Profession in Florida.

  • 1. The educator values the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship. Essential to the achievement of these standards are the freedom to lean and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all.
  • 2. The educator’s primary professional concern will always be for the student and for the development of the student’s potential. The educator will therefore strive for professional growth and will seek to exercise the best professional judgment and integrity.
  • 3. Aware of the importance of maintaining the respect and con?dence of one’s colleagues, of students, of parents, and of other members of the community, the educator strives to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct. Rule making Authority 1001.02, 1012.51, 1012.53 F8. Law implemented 1012.32, 1012.34, 1012.51, 1012.53, 1012.795, 1012.796 F8. History-New 3-24-65, Amended 8-9-69, Re-promulgated 12-5-74, Amended 8-12-81, 7-6-82, Formerly 6B-1.01, 6B-1.001.

6A-10.081 Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida.

  • 1. The following disciplinary rule shall constitute the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida.
  • 2. Violation of any of these principles shall subject the individual to revocation or suspension of the individual educator’s certificate, or the other penalties as provided by law.
  • 3. 0bligation to the student requires that the individual:
    • 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.
  • 4. 0bligation to the public requires that the individual:
    • 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.