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22 Pa. Code § 235.3a. Definitions.

§ 235.3a. Definitions.

 The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   Act—The Educator Discipline Act (act) (24 P.S. § §  2070.1a—2070.18c).

   Boundaries—The verbal, physical, emotional and social distances between an educator and a student.

   Educator—As defined in section 1.2 of the act (24 P.S. §  2070.1b).

   Electronic communication—A communication transmitted by means of an electronic device such as a telephone, cellular telephone, computer, computer network, personal data assistant or pager, including e-mails, text messages, instant messages and communications made by means of an Internet web site, such as social media and social networking web sites, or mobile device applications.

   Harm—The impairment of learning or any physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or intellectual damage to a student or a member of the school community.

   School entity—As defined in section 1.2 of the act (24 P.S. §  2070.1b).

   Sexual misconduct—As defined in section 1.2 of the act (24 P.S. §  2070.1b).

   Unauthorized drugs—Any controlled substance or other drug possessed by a person not authorized by law to possess such controlled substance or other drug.


   The provisions for this §  235.3a added under section 5(a)(10) of the Educator Discipline Act (24 P.S. §  207.5(a)(10)).


   The provisions of this §  235.3a added August 20, 2021, effective August 21, 2021, 51 Pa.B. 5199.

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