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R277. Education, Administration.

Rule R277-512. Online Licensure.

As in effect on January 1, 2020

Table of Contents

R277-512-1. Authority and Purpose.

(1) This rule is authorized by:

(a) Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3, which vests general control and supervision over public education in the Board;

(b) Subsection 53E-3-501(1)(a), which directs the Board to make rules regarding the certification of educators; and

(c) Subsection 53E-3-401(4), which allows the Board to make rules to execute the Board's duties and responsibilities under the Utah Constitution and state law.

(2) The purpose of this rule is to provide procedures to ensure that consistency, quality, and fairness are maintained for online license transaction processes.

R277-512-2. Definitions.

(1)(a) "Comprehensive Administration of Credentials for Teachers in Utah Schools (CACTUS)" means the electronic file maintained on licenses and license applications, which may include:

(a) personal directory information;

(b) educational background;

(c) endorsements;

(d) employment history;

(e) professional development information; and

(f) a record of disciplinary action taken by the Board against the educator.

(b) Information contained in an individual's CACTUS file may only be released in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 2, Government Records Access Management Act.

(2) "LEA," for purposes of this rule, includes the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind.

(3) "License," for purposes of this rule, means an authorization issued by the Board which permits the holder to serve in a professional capacity in the public schools consistent with Subsection 53E-6-102(10).

(4) "License record" means the electronic record of license holder and license applicant personal information and credentials maintained by the Superintendent on the CACTUS database.

(5) "License transaction" means the interactions between a license holder or applicant and the Superintendent that result in issuance of:

(a) a license;

(b) a renewal of a license; or

(c) a modification of a license or license record.

(6) "Online license transaction" means those license transactions that take place via the process maintained by a contracted provider, chosen by the Superintendent.

(7) "Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission" or "UPPAC" means a Commission established to assist and advise the Board in matters relating to the professional practices of educators, consistent with Title 53E, Chapter 6, Part 5, Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission.

R277-512-3. Procedures.

(1) All current Board rules, statutory and Board definitions, and requirements established by statute and Board rules shall apply to all license transactions, regardless of whether the transactions occur online or by other means.

(2)(a) Educators may receive an electronic or paper verification of a licensure transaction.

(b) A verification provided under Subsection (2)(a) is not an educator license.

(3) CACTUS shall be the final repository of educator information and credentials for LEAs and other authorized CACTUS users.

(4) Timelines, electronic processes and procedures, payment procedures, formats, and other elements of online licensure transactions shall meet standards of quality, ease of use, and accessibility consistent with those generally found in other wide-spread online processes.

(5) The Superintendent shall conduct educator licensing transactions electronically.

(6) Approved Utah educator preparation institutions, LEAs, and other CACTUS users shall cooperate with the Superintendent by using the online tools and procedures provided by the Superintendent for transmission of information related to licensing.

R277-512-4. Audits.

(1) The Superintendent shall establish an auditing program that provides for review of online licensure transactions for:

(a) accuracy;

(b) reliability; and

(c) completeness.

(2) The Superintendent may subject any licensure transaction to audit:

(a) within one year without cause; or

(b) at any time with cause.

(3) An LEA may designate individuals, subject to approval by the Superintendent, to have the opportunity to access and review licenses acquired or renewed online to verify licensure of employees.

(4)(a) An audit conducted under Subsection (2) may include a review of license holder documentation to verify the statements made by the license holder as part of the online license transaction.

(b) In order to verify that the assertions made by a license holder were accurate, a license holder may be required to submit:

(i) transcripts;

(ii) records of participation in professional development activities;

(iii) supervisor letters or endorsements; and

(iv) other documentation requested by the Superintendent.

(5) If an audit finds that a license applicant or license holder intentionally provided false, misleading, or otherwise inaccurate information in a license transaction, the audit findings shall be forwarded to UPPAC.

(6) A license transaction that was completed on the basis of inaccurate information may be voided at any time with notice to the license holder.

R277-512-5. License Applicant and License Holder Responsibilities.

(1) A license applicant or license holder shall supply accurate and complete information in all license transactions.

(2) A license applicant or license holder shall maintain files and documentation of the information provided in a license transaction for a period of one year after the completion of the license transaction.

(3) A license applicant or license holder that supplies inaccurate, misleading, false, or otherwise unreliable information in any license transaction shall be subject to the full range of disciplinary actions that may be applied by UPPAC and the Board.

R277-512-6. Licensing Costs.

(1) The licensing process shall be automated and self-sustaining.

(2) The Superintendent shall incorporate current and emerging electronic and information technologies to better meet the needs of applicants for new licenses, for current license holders, for recommending institutions, for LEAs and the general public.

(3) The Superintendent shall determine and assess licensing fees to license applicants that cover the actual and complete costs of licensing.

(4) The Board's Licensing Section shall maintain accurate records and documentation of:

(a) fees assessed;

(b) costs of online licensing; and

(c) any Superintendent review responsibilities.

R277-512-7. Licensing Records.

(1) The Superintendent shall record documentation of online licensure transactions in CACTUS.

(2)(a) License applicants shall be required to submit a social security number in order to be licensed.

(b) A license applicant's social security number shall be classified as private in accordance with Subsection 63G-2-302(2)(d).

(3) A license applicant or license holder shall update personal CACTUS information in a timely manner.

(4) CACTUS records may be used by the Superintendent for research and other valid educational purposes.

(5) The following records shall be classified as public pursuant to Title 63G, Chapter 2, Government Records Access and Management Act:

(a) licenses issued by the Board;

(b) endorsements on an educator's license;

(c) an educator's current assignment;

(d) an educator's assignment history in Utah public schools;

(e) an educator's education background; and

(f) Board disciplinary action against an educator's license, which resulted in:

(i) letter of reprimand;

(ii) suspension;

(iii) revocation; or

(iv) reinstatement.

(6) The Superintendent shall provide an online licensing database where the general public may access the information classified as public in Subsection (5).


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Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

January 10, 2017

Notice of Continuation

November 15, 2016

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

Art X Sec 3; 53E-3-501(1)(a); 53E-3-401(4)

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R277, please contact the promulgating agency (Education, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.