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Rule Title: DEFINITION OF "IMMORAL CONDUCT"
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Department: EDUCATION
Chapter: EDUCATOR LICENSURE
Subchapter: Educator Licensure Disciplinary Procedures
 
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10.57.601A    DEFINITION OF "IMMORAL CONDUCT"

(1) "Immoral conduct" related to the teaching profession, under 20-4-110(1)(f), MCA, includes, but is not limited to:

(a) sexual contact, as defined in 45-2-101, MCA, or sexual intercourse as defined in 45-2-101, MCA, between an educator/specialist and a person the educator/specialist knows or reasonably should know is a student at a public or private elementary or secondary school;

(b) conduct, whether resulting in the filing of criminal charges or not, which would constitute an offense under any of the following statutes of this state;

(i) 45-5-502, MCA, (sexual assault);

(ii) 45-5-503, MCA, (sexual intercourse without consent);

(iii) 45-5-504, MCA, (indecent exposure);

(iv) 45-5-505, MCA, (deviate sexual conduct), if the conduct either was non-consensual or involved a person the educator/specialist knows or reasonably should know is a student at a public or private elementary or secondary school;

(v) 45-5-507, MCA, (incest);

(vi) 45-5-601, 45-5-602, or 45-5-603, MCA, (offenses involving prostitution);

(vii) 45-5-622(2), MCA, (endangering the welfare of children);

(viii) 45-5-623, MCA, (unlawful transactions with children);

(ix) 45-5-625, MCA, (sexual abuse of children);

(x) 45-8-201, MCA, (obscenity);

(xi) 45-5-627, MCA, (ritual abuse of minor);

(xii) any statute in Title 45, chapter 9, part 1, MCA, (dangerous drugs), provided that a first offense under 45-9-102(2), MCA, shall not fall within this definition;

(xiii) 45-5-220, MCA, (stalking);

(xiv) 45-5-223, MCA, (surreptitious visual observation or recordation);

(xv) 45-10-103, MCA, (criminal possession of drug paraphernalia);

(xvi) 45-10-105, MCA, (delivery of drug paraphernalia to a minor);

(xvii) 45-8-334, MCA, (possession of a destructive device);

(xviii) 45-8-361, MCA, (possession or allowing possession of weapon in school building);

(xix) 45-8-403, MCA, (use of threat to coerce gang membership);

(xx) 45-8-406, MCA, (supplying of firearms to criminal street gang);

(xxi) 45-5-622(3), MCA (endangering welfare of children);

(c) repeated convictions for violations of any one or more of the criminal laws of this state, which violations are not otherwise grounds for suspension or revocation, if the repeated convictions, taken together, demonstrate that the teacher, specialist or administrator is unwilling to conform their conduct to the requirements of law;

(d) occurrences related to ARM 24.9.1003(3), (sexual harassment), defined as "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature" when:

(i) submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of education;

(ii) submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for an educational decision affecting the individual; and/or

(iii) the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with school performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning environment.

(e) submitting false credentials, omitting relevant information, or making any statement of material fact the applicant knows to be false to apply for a license, endorsement, employment, or promotion. False credentials include but are not limited to:

(i) college degrees or credit from non-accredited or -approved colleges or universities;

(ii) false professional development credit;

(iii) false academic awards; and

(iv) inaccurate employment history;

(f) significant misuse of technology or electronic communication with a person a licensed educator/specialist knows or reasonably should know is a student at a public or private elementary or secondary school, including but not limited to misuse of computers, cellular telephones, or other electronic devices; or

(g) intentionally falsifying or deliberately misrepresenting information regarding standardized assessment of students, including but not limited to providing or changing test answers or using inappropriate testing accommodations or modifications.

History: 20-4-102, MCA; IMP, 20-4-110, MCA; NEW, 2002 MAR p. 3309, Eff. 11/28/02; AMD, 2009 MAR p. 345, Eff. 3/27/09; AMD, 2012 MAR p. 1039, Eff. 5/25/12.


 

 
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