Maine Revised Statutes

§13025. Investigations

(CONTAINS TEXT WITH VARYING EFFECTIVE DATES)
(WHOLE SECTION TEXT EFFECTIVE 12/13/18)
1. Definitions.  As used in this section, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms have the following meanings.
A. "Boundaries" means the physical, emotional and social structures that ensure that interactions with a student have a legitimate academic purpose. [2017, c. 477, §1 (NEW).]
B. "Covered investigation" means an investigation by a school entity into the conduct of a holder of a credential that a school entity has a reasonable expectation would affect the credential holder's employment or contracted service because the conduct involves alcohol, illegal drugs, physical abuse, emotional abuse, violating boundaries, inappropriate contact between a credential holder and a student, stalking, or similar behavior that may endanger the health, safety or welfare of a student. [2017, c. 477, §1 (NEW).]
C. "School entity" means an approved private school, school administrative unit, public charter school, school management and leadership center, school in the unorganized territory or school operated by the State. [2017, c. 477, §1 (NEW).]
[ 2017, c. 477, §1 (NEW) .]
2. Subpoenas.   When conducting an investigation relating to the credentialing of personnel under chapter 501 and this chapter and rules of the state board, the commissioner may issue subpoenas for education records relevant to that investigation.
[ 2017, c. 477, §1 (NEW) .]
3. Duties of school entities.   A school entity shall notify the department within 15 business days of the school entity's initiating a covered investigation. The school entity shall notify the department immediately if the credential holder is put on administrative leave, suspended or terminated as part of a covered investigation. The notification must include the matter being investigated. Within 5 business days after completion of a covered investigation, the school entity shall notify the department in writing of the final outcome of the investigation, including, but not limited to, any actions taken, and shall provide to the department any final report produced.
[ 2017, c. 477, §1 (NEW) .]
4. Duties of department.   The department shall notify school entities in accordance with this subsection.
A. The department shall notify the superintendent or chief administrative officer of a school entity within 15 business days of the department's initiating an investigation into a holder of a credential who works for the school entity and shall notify the school entity immediately if the department takes action on that credential. Within 5 business days after completion of an investigation, the department shall notify each school entity for which the credential holder works of the final outcome of the investigation, including, but not limited to, any actions taken, and shall provide to the school entity any final written decision. [2017, c. 477, §1 (NEW).]
B. Immediately upon receipt from a school entity of notification pursuant to subsection 3 of a covered investigation or administrative leave, suspension or termination, the department shall notify the superintendent or chief administrative officer of all other school entities for which the credential holder works, as reported to the department under section 13026, that the credential holder is being investigated or has been placed on administrative leave, suspended or terminated as part of a covered investigation. The department shall notify the superintendent or chief administrative officer of each school entity for which the credential holder works of the final outcome of the covered investigation, including, but not limited to, any actions taken and any final report produced, upon receipt of that information from the investigating school entity. [2017, c. 477, §1 (NEW).]
[ 2017, c. 477, §1 (NEW) .]
5. Confidentiality.  The department may share information that is confidential pursuant to section 6101 or 13004 with a school entity in accordance with subsection 4. A school entity that receives confidential information shall maintain the confidentiality of that information in accordance with rules adopted by the department pursuant to subsection 6.
[ 2017, c. 477, §1 (NEW) .]
6. Rules.   The commissioner shall adopt rules as necessary to carry out this section. In adopting rules, the commissioner shall identify the types of conduct of which a school entity must notify the department under subsection 3 and shall develop procedures for school entities to ensure the confidentiality of information received pursuant to subsection 5. Rules adopted under this subsection are major substantive rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
[ 2017, c. 477, §1 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2013, c. 167, Pt. D, §1 (NEW). 2017, c. 235, §29 (AMD). 2017, c. 235, §41 (AFF). 2017, c. 477, §1 (RPR).