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Audit Reveals Failure to Report Misconduct in Utah Schools

Audit Reveals Failure to Report Misconduct in Utah Schools
November 08
07:03 2018

The Office of the State Auditor (Office) today released its Performance Audit of Educator Misconduct Reporting and Discipline Within the Utah System of Public Education.  The Audit includes four key findings:

  • Local education agencies (LEAs) failed to report several cases of educator misconduct to Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission (UPPAC) as required by law.
  • Utah State Board of Education’s (USBE’s) licensing discipline has improved.
  • Failure to report misconduct may have allowed further misconduct in subsequent teaching jobs.
  • Information regarding past educator misconduct is not readily accessible to LEAs.

It is important to note that the types of misconduct that public school administrators should report to the USBE’s UPPAC include:

  • Immoral, unprofessional, or incompetent behavior;
  • Violations of standards of ethical conduct, performance, or professional competence;
  • Felony convictions of a sexual nature; or
  • Sexually explicit conduct with a student.

The report may be found on the Office’s website at auditor.utah.gov and specifically at:

https://reporting.auditor.utah.gov/servlet/servlet.FileDownload?file=01541000003966dAAA .

 About the Office of the State Auditor

The Office of the State Auditor provides Utah taxpayers and government officials with an independent assessment of financial operation, statutory compliance, and performance management for state and local government.

Specific activities of the Office include performing financial audits, conducting Federal funds compliance audits, providing local government oversight, conducting agency and program performance audits, performing fraud and compliance audits, and operating the State Auditor Hotline for citizens to report suspected financial issues or improprieties.  These capabilities strengthen Utah State Government and help taxpayers have confidence in the integrity of Utah’s government agencies.

The State Auditor is a Constitutional Officer of the State of Utah, elected directly by the state’s citizens every four years.  The role of the State Auditor is authorized in Article VII, Section 15 of the Utah Constitution. For more information, see auditor.utah.gov.

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