Principle I: Responsibility to the Profession
The professional educator is aware that trust in the profession depends upon a level of professional conduct and responsibility that may be higher than required by law. This entails holding one and other educators to the same ethical standards.
A. The professional educator demonstrates responsibility to oneself as an ethical professional by:
1. Acknowledging that lack of awareness, knowledge, or understanding of the Code is not, in itself, a defense to a charge of unethical conduct;
Knowing and upholding the procedures, policies, laws and regulations relevant to professional practice regardless of personal views;
Holding oneself responsible for ethical conduct;
Monitoring and maintaining sound mental, physical, and emotional health necessary to perform duties and services of any professional assignment; and taking appropriate measures when personal or….