Failure to comply with these standards can lead to adverse employment action, certification sanctions and criminal consequences.
During the 2017 legislative session, Senate Bill 7 was passed in an effort to address educator misconduct and improper relationships between educators and students.
Applicants for many school district positions must submit a pre-employment affidavit disclosing a charge, adjudication or conviction based on an inappropriate relationship with a minor.
Implementation of that legislation has resulted in increased investigation and reporting of misconduct.
Sexual contact or indecent exposure with a minor is a felony that requires the perpetrator to register as a sex offender.
A person commits this offense if they knowingly solicit a minor to meet with another person with the intent that the minor will engage in sexual contact with the person.
Conviction of online solicitation of a minor is a felony.
Whether or not one might be willing to admit it, everyone has been attracted to a teacher at some point during his or her 12 years of schooling.
But in college, these fantasies are much more realistic possibilities because we’re all legal adults and we have a new degree of autonomy outside of our parents’ homes.
Unlike a professor’s lecture, a TA’s recitation involves discussion and gradual acquaintanceship.
All of this makes them much more likely candidates for dating and relationships.
Inviting students to your home, meeting them for social activities that are not school-sponsored, or developing personal relationships with them can create the perception of inappropriate conduct.