Education, Ethics, and the Law: Examining the Legal Consequences of Unethical Judgment

  • Patrick M. JenlinkEmail author
  • Karen Embry Jenlink


The authors examine the relationship between ethics, law, and policy with the intent of distinguishing between as well as denoting the intersection of ethics, law, and policy as situated in education. Distinguishing between legal and professional ethics, the nature of legal ethics as practiced in adherence to the law and professional ethics as presented in adherence to professional and/or institutional codes of ethics specific to educational cultures is examined. Ethical awareness and sensitivity as related to ethical behavior is examined in contrast to ethical deceit and ethical self-interest. Ethical misconduct is examined, focusing on ethical drift, ethical missteps, conflict of interest, partisanship, and psychological basis for unethical behavior. Exemplars of ethical misconduct are presented and the legal consequences of unethical behavior in education are discussed.


Ethics Law Education Unethical behavior Legal consequences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Secondary Education and Educational LeadershipStephen F. Austin State UniversityNacogdochesUSA

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