Tennessee Code Annotated

Title 49: Education

Chapter 5: Personnel

Part 10: Teacher Code of Ethics

TCA 49-5-1003: Educator's obligations to students.

(a)  An educator shall strive to help each student realize the student's potential as a worthy and effective member of society. An educator therefore works to stimulate the spirit of inquiry, the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, and the thoughtful formulation of worthy goals.

(b)  In fulfillment of this obligation to the student, an educator shall:

     (1)  Not unreasonably restrain the student from independent action in the pursuit of learning;

     (2)  Not unreasonably deny the student access to varying points of view;

     (3)  Not deliberately suppress or distort subject matter relevant to the student's progress;

     (4)  Make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning or to health and safety;

     (5)   Not intentionally expose the student to embarrassment or disparagement;

     (6)  Not on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, marital status, political or religious beliefs, family, social or cultural background or sexual orientation unfairly:

          (A)  Exclude any student from participation in any program;

          (B)  Deny benefits to any student; or

          (C)  Grant any advantage to any student;

     (7)  Not use professional relationships with students for private advantage; and

     (8)  Not disclose information about students obtained in the course of professional service, unless disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law.

History: [Acts 2010, ch. 916, § 1.]