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Faculty Handbook

30. Faculty Code of Ethics

THE CODE OF ETHICS OF THE BACONE FACULTY    SENATE 

PREAMBLE 

We believe: The development of a Code of Ethics is an essential characteristic of a profession and provides one means whereby professional standards may be established, maintained, and improved. A code indicates a profession’s acceptance of the responsibility and trust with which it has been invested. Each individual, upon entering a profession, inherits a measure of that responsibility and trust and the corresponding obligation to adhere to standards of ethical practice and conduct set by the profession. 

EDUCATOR’ S RESPONSIBILITIES 

Commitment to the Student 

1. The educator promotes student participation in programs and student benefits with respect for the dignity of humanity, unrestricted by considerations of nationality, race, creed, color, gender, marital status, political or religious beliefs, handicap, sexual preference, social or cultural backgrounds, or status as a veteran.

2. The educator safeguards the student’s right to privacy by protecting information of a confidential nature, sharing only that information which serves a  compelling professional service or is required by law.

3. The educator encourages the student to become independent in the pursuit of learning.

4. The educator acts to safeguard the student from conditions harmful to learning or to health and safety.

5. The educator encourages student discussion, thus exposing students to varying points of view and opinions.

6. The educator is responsible to present material without suppression or distortion of subject matter.

7. The educator shall maintain the dignity and self-worth of the student and shall not intentionally expose the student to embarrassment or disparagement, or use professional relationships with students to private advantage.

COMMITMENT TO  THE PROFESSION 

1. The educator shall be honest in representing his/her professional qualifications and in recommendation of other candidates for professional positions.

2. The educator shall maintain confidentiality in regard to information about colleagues obtained in the course of professional service unless disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law.

3. The educator shall not knowingly make false or malicious statements about a colleague.

4. The educator shall be objective in evaluating a student performance and shall not lower standards for any student.

5. The educator shall enforce the college’s policy regarding attendance.

6. The educator shall not accept any gratuity, gift, or favor that might impair or appear to influence professional decisions or actions.

7. The educator shall engage in research activities or other professional pursuits for self- improvement.

8. The educator shall evaluate his/her course offerings and shall update his/her course syllabi on the basis of the evaluation.

9. Educators are role models for their students and should set standards of behavior though personal example.

COMMITMENT TO  BACONE COLLEGE 

1. The educator’s loyalty to the employing institution shall be reflected in positive support of the institution and in positive support of other faculty.

2. The educator shall separate his/her private opinion and views from those of the institution when representing Bacone College to the public.

3. The educator shall present the facts concerning educational matters in direct and indirect public expressions.

4. The educator shall not exploit institutional privileges for private gain or to promote political candidates or partisan political activities.

5. The educator realizes that teaching is a profession requiring much time and energy; therefore, the teacher shall not engage in any activity or additional employment for monetary or other value that would detract from teaching responsibilities.

EDUCATOR’S RIGHTS 

Commitment to the Educator 

1. The educator is entitled to expect the confidence, respect and support of the administration.

2. The educator is entitled to be treated with respect by students.

3. The educator is entitled to an opportunity for professional growth and advancement.

4. The educator is entitled to supportive services such as adequate maintenance and secretarial services.

5. The educator is entitled to be consulted and informed when curriculum and/or staff changes in his/her field of teaching are being considered.

6. The educator is entitled to an administration and faculty which nourishes an academic atmosphere.

7. The educator is entitled to constructive criticism in all aspects of academic life without fear of jeopardizing his/her employment.

8. The educator is entitled to expect contract renewal unless s/he continues to violate certain standards after receiving a written admonition from the administration. If an admonition has been received, the educator is entitled to defend himself/herself before a panel of administrators and peers as defined in sections of the Constitution, By-laws, and Faculty Handbook related to the Professional Rights and  Responsibilities Committee or other pertinent committees.

Exceptions to this include [1] educators under special funding; [2] educators not rehired because of retrenchment; [3] educators who grossly violate the Code of Ethics of normal ethical behavior.

9. The educator is entitled to a completed contract by three [3] weeks after the Spring Board meeting.

10. The educator is entitled to notification of renewal or nonrenewal of the next year’s academic contract by the end of the 8th  week of the spring semester.

11. The educator is entitled to a grievance system which can determine whether or not rights or ethics have been violated.

12. The educator is entitled to academic freedom in terms of teaching material.  The exercise of academic freedom requires sensitivity to the mission of the College.