Code of Ethics for Faculty (Policy 2.200)


Authority:F.S. 1001.64 FAC 6A-14.060
Date Adopted:07/82 Revised 07/92
  1. For this rule the term "faculty" shall be used to include teaching faculty, counselors, librarians, administrators, and other professional support personnel.

  2. Student Related Responsibilities

    1. Faculty have the responsibility to deal conscientiously with professional assignments.

      1. For teaching faculty, this responsibility entails careful planning of courses and class presentations, meeting scheduled classes, informing students of course requirements, and fair and impartial grading according to standards appropriate to the level of instruction.

      2. For counselors, this responsibility entails providing those services which will facilitate student achievement of educational and personal goals. Counselors will create an awareness of services, be available to students, respect student confidentiality, and provide counseling.

      3. For administrators, this responsibility entails making careful analysis of student and community educational needs and providing quality educational programs to meet those needs. Administrators will work with faculty to obtain the necessary support services, facilities, and budget to provide a quality education program.

      4. For other professional support personnel, this responsibility entails providing services to assist faculty and students in the achievement of educational goals and informing them of available support services.

      5. For librarians, this responsibility entails the acquisition, and circulation of materials, both print and non-print, to supplement a quality educational program for the College and the community. Librarians shall also foster user independence through group and individual instruction.

    2. Because faculty members often serve as models and exercise great influence, they should set high standards in personal integrity, professional ethics, and academic excellence.

    3. Faculty members shall not take advantage of their influential professional position by introducing subject matter not within their fields of professional competence into classroom or counseling situations.

    4. Students deserve respect as individuals and have certain rights that must be protected. Faculty should demonstrate appropriate interest in the individual student and his academic growth, give mature professional advice, and treat students with courtesy. This interest should be objective and compatible with the individual faculty member's total responsibilities within the institution.

    5. Student conferences shall be held in confidence unless that confidentially jeopardizes the welfare and safety of the students or of others.

    6. Faculty should recognize limitations of their skills and competencies in dealing with student personal and academic problems and should make appropriate referrals.

    7. Faculty have the responsibility to refrain from exploiting for private advantage students or student groups.

    8. A faculty member has the responsibility to acknowledge student or colleague contributions to his own research.

    9. Faculty should provide effective and appropriate academic advisement, recognizing that the advisement is an integral feature of higher education and must be conducted in an informed, objective, and impersonal manner. Poor or indifferent advisement based on personality of colleagues must be avoided. Students should be advised on the selection of courses, not instructors.

    10. A faculty member shall not infringe upon students obligations to other faculty members in such matters as class attendance or student conferences. Requests for student to miss classes should be made in advance, and students should be made aware that they are accountable for the content of classes missed. Granting of requests for approved absences rests with the instructor affected.

  3. Professional Responsibilities

    1. Faculty have responsibility to be current in their area of competence by reading publications and journals and participating in local or national professional societies and meetings.

    2. Faculty have the responsibility to maintain their teaching effectiveness.

    3. Faculty have the responsibility to assist colleagues in the following department and College activities.

      1. Curriculum studies at both the department and College levels

      2. Departments and College faculty meetings

      3. Committee assignments

    4. Faculty shall take an active role in protecting and enhancing the academic and professional standing of the faculty by making appropriate recommendations regarding hiring, reappointment, promotion, tenure appointments, and dismissal of colleagues.

    5. Faculty shall respect the rights of others.

    6. Faculty shall respect and defend the free inquiry of associates.

    7. Faculty shall condemn inappropriate or false comments which unjustly damage colleagues.

    8. Faculty shall refrain from claiming or implying professional qualifications that exceed those possessed.

    9. Faculty shall delegate assigned tasks to qualified persons only.

    10. Faculty shall refrain from knowingly misinterpreting or misrepresenting the statements of others.

    11. Faculty shall refrain from placing students in comprising situations by soliciting from them information concerning other professionals.

  4. Institutional Responsibilities

    1. Faculty shall conscientiously fulfill all contractual obligations for the period of time agreed and shall give the College reasonable notice when resigning.

    2. Faculty shall make conscientious use of the College funds and equipment entrusted to their care.

    3. Faculty shall make every effort to avoid professional and personal actions which may cause loss or legal embarrassment to the College.

    4. Faculty, administrators, and other professional personnel shall not sell for their personal or financial gain publisher furnished textbooks or other materials.

    5. Without specific permission of the College, faculty shall avoid use of College resources, equipment, or labor for personal or financial gain in their own research or consulting projects.

    6. Faculty shall give reasonable support to College-wide activities by participating as faculty representatives.

    7. In making public statements, faculty shall indicate clearly whether they are speaking as representatives of the College or as individuals.