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Pitfalls and Precautions

“Pitfalls and Precautions” is a series that aims to educate teachers on professional conduct issues by highlighting situations addressed by the ATA Professional Conduct Committee.


A contract is a legal obligation, April 26, 2022

Code obligations affect conduct during investigations, February 22, 2022

Criminal conviction equals unprofessional conduct, February 1, 2022

Be mindful of student athletes’ personal space, January 11, 2022

Have an issue with a colleague?, November 25, 2021

Being there is a teacher’s professional duty, October 12, 2021

Teachers must adhere to agreements, August 31, 2021

Teacher fined for inappropriate project approval, June 15, 2021

Never take advantage of your teacher–student relationships, June 1, 2021

As a professional, you must mind what you say, April 27, 2021

Teachers under investigation must co-operate, February 23, 2021

It’s unprofessional to skip conference sessions, June 9, 2020

Words to lead you astray: ‘Don’t tell anyone’, May 19, 2020

Code of conduct still applies to teachers who are parents, April 7, 2020

Intensity of sport no excuse for poor behaviour, March 17, 2020

Your students aren’t your colleagues, February 25, 2020

Extravagant gifts to students are not acceptable, February 4, 2020

Stress doesn’t justify unprofessionalism, January 14, 2020

Many discipline issues are resolved without a hearing, November 5, 2019

Be careful what you share from your personal life, September 24, 2019

There is a right way to criticize a colleague, September 3, 2019

Abandoning students is never appropriate, June 11, 2019

Slapping a student is a serious offence, May 28, 2019

Touching students is a bad idea, May 14, 2019

Be careful in sharing criticism of colleagues, April 30, 2019

A contract is a contract, April 9, 2019

Physical contact with students always problematic March 19, 2019

Misrepresenting a leave has consequences February 5, 2019

Dishonesty brings professional consequences, January 15, 2019

Your words have consequences, December 11, 2018

Avoid electronic communication with students, November 27, 2018

Discipline process a cornerstone of Association’s mandate, September 25, 2018

Principal fined for unprofessional conduct, March 27, 2018

Drug use and indecent behavior lead to exclusion from profession, February 27, 2018

Fraudulent submissions costly for teacher, February 13, 2018

Massaging students not part of a teacher’s role , January 16, 2018

Principal abused position to violate relationship boundaries, December 5, 2017

Teacher’s criticism of coaching colleague deemed unprofessional, November 21, 2017

Criminal conviction brings automatic ruling of unprofessional conduct, Oct 24, 2017

Teachers: Think before sending email, October 10, 2017

Teacher fined for crossing boundaries in relationship with student, Sept 26, 2017

Honouring contract terms a professional obligation, August 29, 2017

Profession has no tolerance for undermining colleagues, May 16, 2017

Its unwise to take in loco parentis too far, April 25, 2017

School leaders must observe professional demeanour with colleagues, March 28, 2017

Sexual touching prompts ban from Association membership, February 28, 2017

Teacher’s participation in joke prompts reprimand, January 31, 2017

No tolerance for teacher's bullying behaviour, January 17, 2017

Sexual relationship with student results in harshest penalty, December 6, 2016

Fraud has dire consequences for teacher, November 22, 2016

Employ proactive conflict resolution, please, November 9, 2016

Watch your language around students, October 25, 2016

Teachers acting as concerned parents must adhere to conduct code, October 11, 2016

Students owed dignity and respect regardless of their behaviour, June 14, 2016

Obligations to employer intact during leave, May 10, 2016

Teachers advised to maintain professional role at all times with parents, April 19, 2016

Teachers responsible for maintaining professional boundaries, April 5, 2016

Contractual obligations always in effect, March 8, 2016

Winning isn't everything, December 1, 2015

Putting students in the middle is unprofessional, November 17, 2015

Teachers must remain professional on social media, November 3, 2015

Teachers must remain professional when addressing student behaviour, October 20, 2015