The university subscribes to the following 2009 statement on professional
ethics of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).
Professors, guided by a deep conviction of the worth and dignity of the
advancement of knowledge, recognize the special responsibilities placed upon
them. Their primary responsibility to their subject is to seek and to state
the truth as they see it. To this end professors devote their energies to
developing and improving their scholarly competence. They accept the obligation
to exercise critical self-discipline and judgment in using, extending, and
transmitting knowledge. They practice intellectual honesty. Although professors
may follow subsidiary interests, these interests must never seriously hamper
or compromise their freedom of inquiry.
As teachers, professors encourage the free pursuit of learning in their
students. They hold before them the best scholarly and ethical standards
of their discipline. Professors demonstrate respect for students as individuals
and adhere to their proper roles as intellectual guides and counselors. Professors
make every reasonable effort to foster honest academic conduct and to ensure
that their evaluations of students reflect each student's true merit.
They respect the confidential nature of the relationship between professor
and student. They avoid any exploitation, harassment, or discriminatory treatment
of students. They acknowledge significant academic or scholarly assistance
from them. They protect their academic freedom.
As colleagues, professors have obligations that derive from common membership
in the community of scholars. Professors do not discriminate against or harass
colleagues. They respect and defend the free inquiry of associates, even when it leads to findings and
conclusions that differ from their own. Professors acknowledge academic debt and strive to be objective
in their professional judgment of colleagues. Professors accept their share
of faculty responsibilities for the governance of their institution.
As members of an academic institution, professors seek above all to be
effective teachers and scholars. Although professors observe the stated regulations
of the institution, provided the regulations do not contravene academic freedom,
they maintain their right to criticize and seek revision. Professors give
due regard to their paramount responsibilities within their institution in
determining the amount and character of work done outside it. When considering
the interruption or termination of their service, professors recognize the
effect of their decision upon the program of the institution and give due
notice of their intentions.
As members of their community, professors have the rights and obligations
of other citizens. Professors measure the urgency of these obligations in
the light of their responsibilities to their subject, to their students,
to their profession, and to their institution. When they speak or act as
private persons they avoid creating the impression of speaking or acting
for their college or university. As citizens engaged in a profession that
depends upon freedom for its health and integrity, professors have a particular
obligation to promote conditions of free inquiry and to further public understanding
of academic freedom.
-Approved by the Board of Visitors|
September 22, 1994
Transitioned to University-Level Policy
December 10, 2021 and Updated