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Mandatory Reporting of Ethics Complaints Memo

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DATE:              July 1, 2017

TO:                   Education Stakeholders

FROM:             Dr. Ann Lebo, Executive Director, Iowa Board of Educational Examiners

SUBJECT:        Mandatory Reporting of Ethics Violations Clarification

During the 2012 legislative session, the Iowa Legislature amended Iowa Code section 272.15 
regarding mandatory reporting of ethics violations to the Board of Educational Examiners. This 
amendment was part of House File 2383. In 2017, HF 217 was also passed, adding an additional 
mandatory reporting area.

The main question that has been asked of the BOEE is what constitutes an “instance of disciplinary
action?”  After consulting with members of the committee who wrote this bill, the BOEE has 
determined that the employee discipline that must be reported to the BOEE includes written 
reprimands, written warnings, job separation agreements, resignations, nonrenewals, or terminations 
that resulted from employee misconduct covered by the mandatory reporting areas. The mandatory 
reporting discipline areas are listed below:

(a) Soliciting, encouraging, or consummating a romantic or otherwise inappropriate relationship 
with a student.

(b) Falsifying student grades, test scores, or other official information or material. (c) 
Converting public property or funds to the personal use of the school employee.
(d) Being on school premises or at a school-sponsored activity involving students while under the 
influence of, possessing, using, or consuming illegal drugs, unauthorized drugs, or alcohol.

The reporting requirement for administrators following nonrenewal or termination due to conduct 
that, if proven, constitutes a disqualifying criminal offense under Iowa Code section 
272.2(14)(b)(1) remains in the statute.  Disqualifying criminal offenses include: Forcible felonies 
including child endangerment, assault, murder, sexual abuse, and kidnapping; sexual abuse offenses, 
including lascivious acts with a child, assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, indecent 
contact with a child, sexual exploitation by a counselor or school employee, lascivious conduct 
with a minor; enticing a minor; human trafficking; incest; dissemination and exhibition of obscene 
material to minors; and telephone dissemination of obscene material to minors.

Administrators must report any disciplinary action against a BOEE-licensed employee for the 
behaviors listed above.  Section 272.15 identifies the potential consequences for administrators 
who fail to follow this legislation:

The board may deny a license or revoke the license of an administrator if the board finds by a 
preponderance of the evidence that the administrator failed to report the termination or 
resignation of a school employee holding a license, certificate, statement of professional 
recognition, or coaching authorization, for reasons of alleged or actual misconduct, as defined by 
this section.

Ethics complaint forms may be obtained from the BOEE by contacting Darcy Hathaway at The BOEE Ethics handout may be accessed at:

If you have any questions about whether or not a disciplinary action should be reported to the 
BOEE, please
contact me for clarification at

Printed from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners website on September 22, 2021 at 1:21am.