This Code of Ethics is a guide to Members in maintaining at all times the high integrity of their profession including professional conduct in relation to all communication whether verbal, written or via social media.

A.     Member and Pupil/Parent/Guardian

I.       The Member regards as confidential, and does not divulge other than through professional channels, any information of a personal or domestic nature, concerning either pupils or home, obtained through the course of professional duties.

II.     The Member should be just, equitable, and fair in all relationships with pupils/parents/guardians.

III.    The Member should assume responsibility for the safety and welfare of pupils, especially under conditions of emergency.

IV.    The Member should avoid giving offence to the moral principles of pupils and/or their parents/guardians.

V.     The Member should be as objective and respectful as possible in dealing with controversial matters.

VI.    The Member should not accept remuneration for tutoring their pupils except under compelling circumstances and with the approval of their supervisor or principal.

B.     Member and Member/Colleague 

I.       The Member should not make defamatory, disparaging, condescending, embarrassing, or offensive comments concerning another Member or colleague.

II.     The Member shall not make derogatory remarks about the professional competence of another Member or colleague.

III.    The Member shall not accept a position arising out of the unsettled dispute between Members, and their employers.

IV.    The Member shall not sexually, physically, or emotionally harass another Member or colleague.

C.     Member and Administration

I.       The Member should maintain a reasonable and professional level of support to internal administration of the school/educational site and regional office.

D.     Member and Professional Organization

I.       The Member who in their professional capacity is a Member of a committee, board, or authority dealing with matters affecting the educational program of Nova Scotia as a whole should be elected, appointed, or approved by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.

II.     The Member, or group of Members, should not take any individual action in matters which should be dealt with by their Local, Regional Representative Council, or by the NSTU.

III.    The Local or Regional Representative Council should not take any individual action in matters where the assistance of the NSTU has been sought, or in matters requiring the authorization of the NSTU.

E.      Member and Profession

I.       The Member’s conduct should advance and promote the teaching profession and the cause of education in the province.

II.     The Member should maintain their professional learning which will keep them abreast of the trends in education.

III.    The Member should engage in no gainful employment, outside of the contract, where the employment affects adversely their professional status, or impairs their standing with pupils, colleagues, and the community.

F.      Member and Community

I.       The Member should so conduct themselves in their private life that no dishonour may befall them or through them to the profession.