An educator who believes that any student or minor may be a victim of sexual abuse is required to make a report to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services within 48 hours of becoming aware of the possibility of the abuse.This responsibility may not be delegated to someone else, and failure to make the required report is a criminal offense. SBEC may sanction the teaching certificate of an individual who has engaged in deliberate or repeated acts that can be reasonably interpreted as soliciting a sexual or romantic relationship.Prohibited acts include, but are not limited to: Educators should take care to avoid situations in which professional boundaries become poorly defined.Last month I wrote a post called, “When Students Request Excused Absences for Work-Related Issues.” This was a follow-up to my “Open Letter to College Freshmen,” in which I made the point that college is students’ first professional position, and that the professor’s role is similar to that of an employer.
Failure to comply with these standards can lead to adverse employment action, certification sanctions and criminal consequences.
It also is a felony for any school district employee to engage in a sexual relationship with a student, even if that student is of the legal age of consent.
This prohibition includes students enrolled in schools where the teacher is not employed.
The quick exercise I’ve developed encourages students to move beyond simplistic notions.
For teaching, I ask students to complete the following: After they work individually I have students pair up, compare notes, and develop even better metaphor.s We then discuss the similarities and differences among various relationships.But there are weaknesses: For example, individual professors don’t have the ability to “fire” students from the University, and students have a much more active and collaborative role in their education than many employees have at their jobs.