These hypothetical case studies are designed to stimulate discussion and debate about what is considered appropriate professional and personal conduct for teachers, as well as appropriate strategies to prevent inappropriate conduct.

Teachers may refer to VIT's Ethical decision making model to help guide discussions around these case studies.

Outcomes to the case studies are not provided as any case that is investigated by VIT is considered on its individual merits and context – therefore teachers should use these provocations to reflect on their own practice within their specific context.

Case Study: Relationships with learners

This is a hypothetical case study based on real events. A teacher writes several comments on a learner's social media profile.

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Case Study: Relationship with a former student

This is a hypothetical case study based on real events. A teacher develops a relationship with a former student.

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Case Study: Luke shoplifting

This is a hypothetical case study based on real events. A teacher is found guilty of an indictable offence and is assessed on his fitness to teach.

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Case Study: Brendan and Ella

This is a hypothetical case study based on real events. A teacher is added by a student on Snapchat, and this leads to a potential conduct issue. 

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Case Study: Elisha

This is a hypothetical case study based on real events. A teacher is arrested for possession of a drug of dependence. 

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