University Faculty Code of Ethics

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From the Nothwestern Oklahoma State University Faculty Handbook:

5.2.1 Code of Ethics. Teaching has the stature of a profession by its efforts to acquire and establish the following characteristics of a profession: (1) education and scholarship beyond the usual level of the lay population, (2) the primary duty of public ser-vice for other individuals and the state, and (3) the right to discipline members within a structure of internal government.

The value of a profession can be measured only by the contribution of the members of that profession to the sum total of human welfare. The influence of the teacher, through the lives of the students with whom s/he comes in contact, is one of the most vital and far-reaching forces in shaping the destinies of young men and women. Each teacher accepts with his/her profession certain obligations to students, to colleagues, and to mankind; therefore, we, the faculty of Northwestern, do hereby invest ourselves with a Code of Professional Ethics particularly applicable to a university faculty. It shall serve as a guide and standard of professional conduct in carrying out our duties and responsibilities as faculty members. It shall be incumbent upon each of us to support it, and this support entitles each to all rights and privileges as well as responsibilities and obligations thereof.

The faculty will promote faculty-student relations by:

(1) Dealing justly and impartially with all students.

(2) Respecting the rights of each student.

(3) Requiring of students only those activities, which are directly related to the area of instruction.

(4) Refraining from using the classroom and/or one's position to promote personal views on politics, race, religion, or any other controversial issue.

(5) Refraining from discussing faculty-student problems in the presence of others who are not concerned.

(6) Being a worthy example for students.

The faculty will promote intra-faculty relations by:

(1) Granting other faculty members the same consideration you would receive.

(2) Speaking constructively of other faculty members.

(3) Promoting friendly and cooperative relations with co-workers.

(4) Supporting associates inside and outside the institution.

(5) Refraining from proselytizing or canvassing for students, either personally or through other members of the university staff.

(6) Dealing directly with the person(s) concerned, thus avoiding misunderstandings.

(7) Accepting full responsibility for what one says or does.

(8) Reporting honestly to responsible persons in matters involving the welfare of students, the university, and the profession.

(9) Conducting professional business through the proper channels.

(10) Refraining from coercing colleagues to act contrary to their professional judgment.

The faculty will promote faculty-institutional relations by:

(1) Applying for and offering employment on the basis of qualifications and competence only.

(2) Avoiding asking for a specific position known to be filled by another.

(3) Refusing to accept or to offer a position wherein the vacancy has been created (a) through unprofessional activity, or (b) through controversy over policy, personal practices, and procedures.

(4) Honoring a contract as long as all parties concerned adhere to its conditions, or until the contract has been legally and/or mutually terminated.

(5) Cooperating in the development of school policies and assuming the professional obligations thus acquired.

(6) Accepting responsibility for maintaining a professional level of service.

(7) Continuing to make professional growth through study, research, travel, and attendance at professional meetings.

The faculty will promote public relations in general by:

(1) Promoting teaching as a profession at all times by exemplifying the ideals of the profession in our relations with the public.

(2) Working toward the betterment of the moral, spiritual, and intellectual life of the community and/or institutions.

(3) Avoiding the discussion of confidential and official information with unauthorized persons.

(4) Accepting no compensation from producers of instructional supplies, or refusing to act as an agent, or to receive a commission, a royalty, or other articles of value for any books or supplies in the purchase of which official or unofficial decision is exercised.

(5) Accepting no gifts or favors from any source under circumstances, which give or justify the impression that a teacher can be improperly influenced.

(6) Refraining from using public funds or property for private or non-public purposes.