Policies and Regulations NEPN Code: GBEB

Code of Conduct

Sioux Falls School District employees hold positions of public trust. They are responsible for the education of students and serve as examples and role models to students. All employees are responsible for the integrity and the consequences of his or her actions. The highest standards of honesty, integrity, and fairness must be exhibited by each employee when engaging in any activity involving the District and its students. Employee conduct should be such as to protect the person’s integrity and/or reputation and that of the District. An unwavering commitment to honorable and ethical behavior by staff is expected.

Employees shall perform their jobs in a competent and ethical manner without violating the public trust or applicable law, policies, and regulations. It is not practical or possible to enumerate all situations that might fall under the guidelines of this policy. In addition to other policies, regulations, and approved practices that have been established, the absence of a law, policy, or regulation covering a particular situation does not relieve an employee from the responsibility to exercise the highest ethical standards at all times.

District employees are expected to:

  • Treat students, parents, fellow employees, and community members with dignity and respect. Conduct not meeting this expectation includes, but is not limited to:
    • Refusing to communicate or speak with another individual
    • Offensive verbal, visual or physical conduct
    • Threatening another individual
    • Invading another's privacy
    • Purposely invading an individual’s personal space
    • Knowingly blaming other individuals for mistakes they did not make
    • Spreading gossip about an individual
    • Taking credit for another individual’s work or ideas
    • Jokes that demean an individual or group of individuals
    • Any type of “bullying” behavior.
  • Promote a safe, nurturing, and positive school and work environment. Conduct not meeting this expectation includes, but is not limited to:
    • repeated verbal, non-verbal, written or electronic communication
    • any conduct that is severe and objectively offensive so that it creates or results in an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment or has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with an employee’s or student’s performance.
  • Maintain confidentiality concerning students, families and employees.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and act in accordance with District policies and procedures, as well as legal and contractual standards, responsibilities, and obligations.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and professional growth.
  • Model and promote appropriate dress and language. Conduct not meeting this expectation includes, but is not limited to:
    • Name calling
    • use of nicknames that may be offensive
    • Repeated negative comments about others orally or in writing.
  • Commit to reporting gross mismanagement, significant waste of funds, abuse of authority, threats to safety, violations of policies and regulations, or other conduct that damages integrity or reputation to your supervisor, the Director of Human Resources, or the Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services.
  • Abstain from threatening, harassing, punishing or retaliating behavior against students and/or other employees.
  • Engage in conduct that follows generally recognized professional principles.

Unethical conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Any conduct that seriously impairs the employee’s ability to function professionally in his/her employment position;
  • Conduct that is detrimental to the health, welfare, discipline or morals of students;
  • Conduct which is offensive to the ordinary dignity, decency and morality of others;
  • Failure to cooperate with the District in inquiries and/or investigations or hearings; and
  • Deliberately falsifying information.
  • Audio or video recording an employee, supervisor, or other person, without his/her knowledge. Official video surveillance will be used in accordance with policy ECA/ECA-R Video Surveillance.

Any violation of the Code of Conduct shall be considered just cause for discipline, up to and including termination of employment. Employees shall follow the grievance procedure in the applicable Working Agreement should they seek to challenge any discipline imposed.

Any employee who believes a staff member has engaged in conduct which violates the code of conduct shall immediately report the alleged misconduct to their immediate supervisor. If the concern/complaint involves the individual’s immediate supervisor, the complaint may be filed directly with the Human Resources Department. The complaint will be investigated.

Complaints found to have been intentionally dishonest or made maliciously without regard for truth may subject complainants or those conspiring with complainants to disciplinary action.


Legal References:

ARSD 24:08:01 Definitions
ARSD 24:08:03 Code of Professional Ethics
ARSD 24:11:03 Code of Professional Ethics

Relate Policies/Regulations:

AC/AC-R - Equal Opportunity/Nondiscrimination
ACD - Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Religion
ACE/ACE-R - Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
DJG - Vendor Relations
DIA/DIA-R - Accounting System/Trust and Agency Funds
GBAA - Harassment
GBEA - Nepotism
GBEAA - Conflict of Interest
GBEBC - Staff Gifts and Solicitation
GBEC - Drug-Free Workplace
GBI - Staff Participation in Political Activities
GCRD - Tutoring or Services for Pay
GCS - Royalties – Professional Research and Publishing
IJOB - Community Resource People
IKA/IKA-R - Grading/Recovery System
IMB/IMB-R - Teaching About Controversial/Sensitive Issues
IJNDC/IJNDC-R - Acceptable Use of Computer Networks
JRA/JRA-R - Student Records
KCD - Public Gifts/Donations to Schools
KE - Public Concerns and Complaints
KEA - Public Concerns/Complaints about Policy
KEB/KEB-R - Public Concerns/Complaints about Personnel
KEC/KEC-R - Concerns about Programs or Instructional Materials
KF/KF-R - Staff/Community Use of School Facilities


Policy   Board Action
Adopted 07-27-09 35454
Amended 09-13-10 35820
Review Revise 08-13-12 36430
Reviewed 04-13-15 37178
Reviewed 08-24-15 37275
Reviewed 06-13-16 37489
Amended 06-10-19 38334