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282—26.1(272) Purpose. The code of professional conduct and ethics in 282—Chapter 25 defines unprofessional and unethical conduct justifying disciplinary sanction. The board acknowledges that the discharge of professional obligations should occur in recognition of certain fundamental rights and responsibilities. Accordingly, the board recognizes the following rights and responsibilities of all educators licensed under Iowa Code chapter 272 and agrees that the exercise of these rights and responsibilities may present mitigating facts and circumstances in the board’s evaluation of allegations of unprofessional or unethical conduct.

282—26.2(272) Rights. Educators licensed under Iowa Code chapter 272 have the following rights:

  1. The educator has a right to be licensed and endorsed under professional standards established and enforced by the board.
  2. The educator has a right to refuse assignments for which the educator is not legally authorized, in terms of holding a valid Iowa license with the appropriate endorsement(s) or approval(s).
  3. The educator has a right, subject to board and administrator authority, to exercise professional judgment in the evaluation, selection, and use of teaching methods and instructional materials appropriate to the needs, abilities, and background of each student.

282—26.3(272) Responsibilities. Educators licensed under Iowa Code chapter 272 have the following responsibilities:

  1. The educator has a responsibility to maintain and improve the educator’s professional competence.
  2. The educator has a responsibility to accept only those assignments for which the educator is legally authorized.
  3. The educator has a responsibility to provide conditions that are conducive to teaching and student learning.
  4. The educator shall protect students from conditions harmful to learning or to health or safety.
  5. The educator shall not, without just cause, restrain a student from independent action in the pursuit of learning and shall not, without just cause, deny a student access to varying points of view.
  6. The educator shall not use professional relationships with students for personal advantage.
  7. The educator shall not discriminate against any student on the grounds of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, or national origin.
  8. The educator shall accord just and equitable treatment to all members of the profession.
  9. The educator shall keep in confidence personally identifiable information regarding a student or the student’s family members that has been obtained in the course of professional service, unless disclosure is required by law or is necessary for the personal safety of the student or others.
  10. The educator who has reasonable basis to believe that a student has been abused, as defined by law, shall make all reports required by law and the Iowa Administrative Code and which are necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of the student.
  11. In the administration of discipline, the educator shall treat all students with respect and in compliance with all policies of the school district served by the educator.
  12. The educator shall provide accurate, truthful, and complete information to the board and to the local education system concerning all licensure transactions.
  13. The educator shall not refuse to participate in a professional inquiry, when requested by the board.
  14. The educator shall not require or direct another educator to violate any provisions of the code of professional conduct and ethics or any rights of a student, parent, educator or citizen.
  15. The educator shall not delegate assigned tasks to unqualified personnel.

These rules are intended to implement Iowa Code section 272.2(1)“a.”