One of the goals of the University Council on Teacher Education (UCTE) is to ensure “that the University of Delaware offers only professional education programs of high quality.” UCTE establishes policies that apply to all professional education programs and approved the following policy on December 11, 2013.

  • Effective immediately, any candidate in violation of UD’s Student Code of Conduct may be removed from their field placement and/or prohibited from future field placements.

When the Board Reviews Cases

Undergraduate and graduate candidates in professional education programs who are charged with a violation of the Code of Conduct receive due process through the Undergraduate Student Conduct System or the Graduate Student Conduct System, respectively. Candidates’ violation(s) will be reviewed by the Professional Education Conduct Board if they receive a sanction other than a Disciplinary Warning or a Notice of Reprimand by the Office of Student Conduct and meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • The sanction was based on an incident related to academic dishonesty or possible or real harm to others. See Appendix A for the list of Office of Student Conduct charge codes that fall under this category.
  • The candidate has at least two incidents on record with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • The candidate has at least one incident on her/his federal criminal background check that is not on record with the Office of Student Conduct.

Student Conduct Advisors

Professional education candidates who have their cases reviewed at a Board meeting are welcome to attend the meeting to provide the context for the violation(s) of the Code of Conduct. They may invite a student, staff, or faculty member from the list of approved student conduct advisors to join them at the meeting. Click here for the list of approved advisors.

Appeal Process

The Board may remove candidates from their current field placement(s) and/or prohibit them from future field placements if the candidates’ conduct would prohibit them from being successful in a setting with children, youth, or adults (e.g., early childhood education program, school classroom, community center) and/or pose a risk to children, youth, or adults.

Should candidates wish to exercise their right to appeal, they may do so by submitting a written petition to appeal the decision to Laura Glass who is the Chair of the University Council on Teacher Education. Click here for the description of the appeal process.

Contact Information

Please contact Debbie Ziomek at dziomek@udel.edu or 831-3000 for questions about the Professional Education Conduct Board.