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Code of Student Conduct 

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The University of Toronto Code of Student Conduct​

Students have an obligation to make legal and responsible decisions concerning their conduct. The University has no general responsibility for the moral and social behaviour of its students. In the exercise of its disciplinary authority and responsibility, the University recognize s that students are free to organize their own personal lives, behaviour, and associations subject only to the law and to University regulations that are necessary to protect the integrity and safety of University activities, the peaceful and safe enjoyment of University housing by residents and neighbours, or the freedom of members of the University to participate reasonably in the programs of the University and in activities in or on the University's premises.

Non-academic offences are defined in the University's Code of Student Conduct. The Code addresses offences, procedures, interim conditions and measures, and sanctions.

The full text of the Code of Student Conduct appears on the University of Toronto website.

In addition to the U of T Code of Student Conduct, as an OISE Teacher Candidate the following is also crucial.


OISE Teacher Candidates and Professionalism

Teachers as Professionals

Members of the teaching profession in Ontario have the responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects and upholds the Foundations of Professional Practice (Ontario College of Teachers, 2004).  Embedded in this responsibility are the core values of professionalism, those principles that define teachers' moral and ethical obligations both individually and collectively to serve the public good.  Such principles are necessarily expressed in the professional's attitude, behaviour, and practice.  They include:

  • Commitment to Excellence
    Teachers, as professionals, demonstrate excellence in the practical craft of teaching.  Their intellectual expertise and technical competence are indicative of their ongoing pursuit of scholarship.  As reflective practitioners, they are committed to their own professional development.
  • Trust and Integrity
    Teachers demonstrate a regard for the highest standard of ethical behaviour in all of their relationships with students, colleagues, and others.  They uphold the honour and dignity of the teaching profession and model compassion, acceptance and social justice to their students.
  • Respect for Others
    Teachers demonstrate empathy, respect, and civility in their fair and equitable treatment of students.  Similarly, their relationships with other teachers are marked by a positive sense of collegiality and a dedication to work collaboratively for the benefit of students.
  • Dedication and Responsibility
    Teachers take personal responsibility for their conduct.  Their sense of duty and service in the practice of teaching expresses their dedication not only to students, colleagues, and others, but also to their own deeply held professionalism.  In this respect, individual teachers exhibit both courage and leadership in articulating their practice and in making it an example for others.


Statement of Expectations for OISE Teacher Candidates

During your time as teacher candidates at OISE, we will strive to inspire you with the content and spirit of professionalism in teaching, as outlined earlier in this section.  In the context of your in-school experiences, you will have the chance to hone your skills at integrating your appreciation for the qualities of professionalism into your own practice.  Your professional responsibilities as teacher candidates in schools are outlined on the School-University Partnership Office (SUPO) website.

Equally significant is your capacity to transfer and apply, both conceptually and in practice, the standards of teacher professionalism to your position as teacher candidates while engaged in your academic program at OISE.  This capacity, it is believed, will help to prepare you for your future role as knowledgeable, ethical, and responsible professionals.  It involves a range of associated expectations.

While professors will determine the appropriate means by which to incorporate the expectations into their course and/or program design, the following offers an overview of how you may interpret and apply elements of teacher professionalism to your own responsibilities as teacher candidates.

  • Commitment to Excellence
    The intellectual quality of your work at OISE establishes the groundwork for your continuing reflective practice.  As such, you are expected to demonstrate a high level of scholarship and technical competence in your preparation for classes and your accomplishment of learning tasks and assignments.  Exemplary commitment to all forms of learning is expressed through active and informed participation and initiative in the acquiring and sharing of knowledge.  We will provide opportunities that enable you to develop the theoretical and practical knowledge you require.  We will offer timely and constructive feedback in support of your professional growth.  You are expected to incorporate this feedback into your subsequent professional work.
  • Trust and Integrity
    Your trustworthiness and honesty with regards to your professors, colleagues (other teacher candidates), and others is assumed, as you may assume the same of us.  Consequently, there is an inherent expectation of honesty and integrity in all interpersonal relations and individual behaviour at OISE.

  • Respect for Others
    In your relationships with professors, colleagues and others at OISE, you are expected to demonstrate respect, empathy, and civility regardless of differences of any kind.  In helping to ensure a safe learning environment for all, you will be expected to address any conflicts in a manner that respects the dignity of those involved.  We will provide opportunities that engage you in various forms of collaborative work.  The expectation of respect also extends to helping and supporting one another in the learning process.

  • Dedication and Responsibility
    Requirements of assignments will be defined in ways that respect your capacity to plan ahead and organize your work responsibly.  Similarly, in taking personal responsibility for your conduct, you are expected to appreciate that dedication extends to others with whom you work.  Therefore, there is an expectation that you will attend classes regularly and on time, communicate with professors and, if appropriate, colleagues regarding any unavoidable absences, complete and submit assignments in a timely way as required, and seek assistance and advice whenever necessary to help you fulfill these obligations.

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OISE Standards of Professional Practice, Behaviour and Ethical Performance for Teacher Candidates

All Teacher Candidates registered in an OISE Bachelor of Education (both Consecutive and Concurrent) or Diploma in Technological Education program leading to recommendation for certification by the Ontario College of Teachers accept that the teaching profession demands integrity and exemplary behaviour. OISE Standards of Professional Practice, Behaviour and Ethical Performance for teaching includes upholding the applicable standards for the teaching profession established with reference to:

  1. The Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession and the Ethical Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession of the Ontario College of Teachers;

  2. The Education Act of the Province of Ontario;

  3. We the Teachers of Ontario of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation;

  4. The Code of Student Conduct of the University of Toronto;

  5. The Ontario Human Rights Code;

  6. The Criminal Code of Canada; and

  7. The expectations of schools and communities that act as OISE’s partners and field sites.

These standards apply to Teacher Candidates in all teaching or practice-related settings. By registering in one of OISE’s teacher education programs, a Teacher Candidate accepts that s/he will follow OISE Standards of Professional Practice, Behaviour and Ethical Performance.

OISE Standards of Professional Practice, Behaviour and Ethical Performance do not replace the legal and ethical standards defined by professional or regulatory bodies or those regulations applicable to host organizations nor those defined by other University policies or procedures.  Action respecting these OISE standards does not preclude any other action under other applicable University policies or procedures, action by program regulatory bodies, professional bodies or Boards of Education, or action under applicable law including the Criminal Code of Canada.

Breach of any of OISE Standards of Professional Practice, Behaviour and Ethical Performance may, after appropriate evaluation of a Teacher Candidate and in accordance with applicable procedures, be cause for dismissal or failure in a course, practicum, field placement or program.

All OISE Teacher Candidates are expected to demonstrate high levels of both academic and professional integrity and behaviour.  As associate members of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF), Teacher Candidates should be aware of the regulations made under the Teaching Profession Act. All OISE Teacher Candidates will uphold the relevant behavioural and ethical standards of the teaching profession and will refrain from taking any action that is inconsistent with the appropriate standards of professional behaviour and ethical performance. These appropriate standards include:

  1. Acting in a manner consistent with a teacher professional who is in a ‘position of trust’ in relationships with students in their care during practicum and field experiences.  As a teaching professional in a position of trust, Teacher Candidates must not use relationships with students for personal benefit, gain or gratification.

  2. Demonstrating dedication and commitment to students in their care.

  3. Respecting appropriate confidentiality of all students in their care. The standard of confidentiality permits discussion of information about the student with school authorities who have direct involvement with that student and the release of information as required by law.

  4. Respecting the students’ rights and dignity, emotional wellness, physical safety and cognitive development at all times.

  5. Refraining from any act that may be reasonably construed as physical, emotional or sexual abuse of students.

  6. Establishing, respecting and maintaining appropriate professional boundaries in relationships with students, peers, colleagues and other professionals.

  7. Respecting and demonstrating willingness to work professionally with instructors, peers, colleagues and other professionals.

  8. Attending scheduled practicum and field placements and in the event of unforeseen circumstances, providing timely notice of absence to the appropriate person.

  9. Upholding all applicable aspects of the Ontario Human Rights Code.

  10. Fulfilling the duties of a Teacher as outlined in the Education Act of the Province of Ontario (RR, 1990, reg. 298 sec 20).

  11. Behaving in a way that upholds the ethical and behavioural standards established by the Ontario College of Teachers and applicable Canadian law including theCriminal Code of Canada.

OISE Standards of Professional Practice, Behaviour and Ethical Performance represent minimum expected behaviour and ethical performance of Teacher Candidates; all Teacher Candidates should strive for exemplary ethical and professional behaviour at all times.

Breaches related to OISE Standards of Professional Practice, Behaviour and Ethical Performance are a serious matter and represent failure to meet the standards of the program. 


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