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Advisory Committee Chair

Amy L Dagley

Advisory Committee Members

John Dantzler

Dennis K Gurley

Gary B Peters

Vicki Spear

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Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Doctor of Education (EdD) School of Education


This document describes a qualitative, historical, document-based exploration of state and federal case law related to adverse employment actions taken against elementary and secondary educators for the cause of immorality. Historical documents, namely court decisions, were analyzed to identify patterns in the case law. The literature revealed an ever-changing legal standard for the moral behavior of educational professionals. Therefore, this study was initiated to provide continued analysis of court cases related to teacher immorality to deliver useful information and insight to school boards, school administrators, and educators in their professional roles.

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