Q: My son plays football and is very talented. Just last week one of his coaches made some inappropriate jokes that were sexual and derogatory. They don’t have educator licenses, but are still teaching in the school. Something should be done! -Parent
Just last week one of [my son's] coaches made some inappropriate jokes that were sexual and derogatory. They don’t have educator licenses, but are still teaching in the school. Something should be done! -Parent
A: Something should be done! Using lewd or suggestive language does constitute educator misconduct and should be reported immediately to the principal and school administration. Your principal needs to be made aware of any issues or concerns you as a parent may have. You may also want to contact the school district office that reviews employee misconduct. The Professional Practices Advisory Commission cannot take action against district and school employees who do not have educator licenses.
What is UPPAC? UPPAC is a committee of nine educators and two community members charged with maintaining and promoting a high standard of professional conduct and ethics among Utah teachers. It is advisory to the Utah State Board of Education in making recommendations regarding educator licensing and may take appropriate disciplinary action regarding educator misconduct.
For more information about UPPAC or to submit your questions to the UPPAC Q&A, contact William Spiegel at email@example.com or by phone at 801-538-7500.
Read the UPPAC newsletter, “Utah School Law Update,” for more Utah public education legal news and information.