Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission

Rule Rule 584-020-0005

The following definitions apply to Oregon Administrative Rules 584-020-0000 (Application of Rules) through 584-020-0045 (Factors for Imposing Disciplinary Sanctions) unless otherwise indicated by context:
(1) “Abuse:” Has the meaning given that term in ORS 419B.005 (Definitions).


“Administrator:” Any educator who holds a valid Oregon Administrative License or registration and who works in a position requiring an administrative license pursuant to OAR 584-005-0005 (Definitions)(1).
(3) “Chief Administrator:” The executive officer of a public school district, educational service district, or public charter school, such as a superintendent, principal, or other similar title, that has the authority and responsibility for the general supervision of the operation of the education provider.


“Competent:” Discharging required duties as set forth in these rules.


“Educator:” Any licensed or registered, or certified person who is authorized to engage in an instructional program including teaching, counseling, school psychology, school social work, administering, and supervising.


“Ethical:” Conforming to the professional standards of conduct set forth in these rules.


“Good Cause:” Exists when circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the Commission delay the completion of a TSPC investigation. Circumstances include, but are not limited to: criminal or civil court proceedings, law enforcement criminal investigations, and failure of an educator or school district to comply with a lawfully issued TSPC subpoena.


“Sexual Conduct:” Any conduct defined by ORS 339.370 (Definitions for ORS 339.370 to 339.400)(11).


“Sexual harassment:” Any unwelcome conduct with an individual which includes but is not limited to sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:


Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment;


Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual; or


Such conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.


“Teacher:” Any person who holds a teacher’s license as provided in ORS 342.125 (Types of licenses).


“Student:” Is an individual as defined in ORS 339.370 (Definitions for ORS 339.370 to 339.400)(12).

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Jun. 8, 2021