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Mandatory Reporting of Discipline Events to the BOEE

House File 2383 was passed during the 2012 General Assembly of the State of Iowa.  The act specified what employee misconduct must be reported to the Board of Educational Examiners.  The entire bill may be accessed at: http://bit.ly/OYR0nh

The main question that has been asked of the BOEE is what constitutes an “instance of disciplinary action”?  After consulting with members of the committee who wrote this bill, the BOEE has determined that the employee discipline that must be reported to the BOEE includes written reprimands, written warnings, job separation agreements, resignations, or terminations that resulted from employee misconduct covered by the mandatory reporting areas.  The mandatory reporting discipline areas are listed below:

(a) Soliciting, encouraging, or consummating a romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship with a student.

(b) Falsifying student grades, test scores, or other official information or material.

(c) Converting public property or funds to the personal use of the school employee.

Administrators must report any BOEE licensed employee disciplinary action listed above that was addressed in writing.  House File 2383 identifies the potential consequences for administrators who fail to follow this legislation:

The board may deny a license or revoke the license of an administrator if the board finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the administrator failed to report the termination or resignation of a school employee holding a license, certificate, statement of professional recognition, or coaching authorization, for reasons of alleged or actual misconduct, as defined by this section.

If you have any questions about whether or not a disciplinary action should be reported to the BOEE, please contact the BOEE attorney or me for clarification.  Ethics complaint forms are located on the BOEE website at: http://www.boee.iowa.gov/forms/handbook.pdf (page 47 and 48 of the licensure handbook) or may be obtained from the BOEE.  The BOEE Ethics handout may be accessed at: http://www.boee.iowa.gov/doc/ethHndot.pdf

 

The board of directors of a school district or area education agency, the superintendent of a school district or, the chief administrator of an area education agency, and the authorities in charge of an accredited nonpublic school shall report to the board the nonrenewal or termination, for reasons of alleged or actual misconduct, of a person’s contract executed under sections 279.12 , 279.13 , 279.15 through 279.21, 279.23 , and 279.24 , and the resignation of a person who holds a license, certificate, or authorization issued by the board as a result of or following an incident or allegation of misconduct that, if proven, would constitute a violation of the rules adopted by the board to implement section 272.2, subsection 14 , paragraph “b” , subparagraph  (1); soliciting, encouraging, or consummating a romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship with a student; falsifying student grades, test scores, or other official information or material; or converting public property or funds to the personal use of the school employee, when the board or reporting official has a good faith belief that the incident occurred or the allegation is true.

 

Written by iowaboee

August 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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