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Ethical Values

This statement is meant to be a guide for the faculty and staff of the Barney School in their relationships with students, colleagues, and external stakeholders with whom we come in contact by reason of our membership in the Barney School community. This statement is not meant to replace or alter any policies of the University, but to supplement existing policies. It is not intended to be an ordinance governing the acts of members of the community, but rather to serve as a guide to the scope and application of ethics in this community. Members of the community are expected to apply the mores of an academic institution and the generally accepted standards of academic behavior in all activities contemplated by this statement. At all times faculty are required to meet their contractual obligations as outlined in the Faculty Policy Manual.

In their 1999 publication Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity, the Center For Academic Integrity states: “Academic Integrity is a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: Honesty, Trust, Fairness, Respect, and Responsibility.” The faculty and staff of the Barney School hold these as the basis for our ethical values. Any member of the community who is unsure of the application of ethical values in any situation should contact his/her department chair or the dean for guidance.

Legal Requirements

All members of the community shall comply with all legal requirements applicable to the Barney School. If there is any question as to the interpretation of a legal requirement, guidance should be sought from the University legal counsel.


In all of their interactions with students members of the community will respect the rights of students, treat all students fairly, and respect the confidentiality of student information. Clear guidelines and expectations will be communicated to students. All students will be fairly and accurately evaluated.


Members of the community will use property and resources of the University and the Barney School in an efficient manner and for the business of the institution.


Stakeholders members of the community are to remain constantly aware of their fiduciary duty to the University and Barney School and to respect those duties when dealing with constituents, vendors, suppliers or other if such dealings could give rise to a perception of a conflict of interest.


University personnel are encouraged to participate in consulting activities in order to enhance their professional development and the reputation of the Barney School. It is the responsibility of the individual that these activities do not interfere with their obligations to the institution, nor cause the reputation of the University or Barney School to be diminished.


Members of the community are expected to comply with all relevant copyright laws and respect such laws in their activities and to demand compliance from their students and colleagues.


Confidentiality of information, including personnel, student and institutional information will be respected at all times and members of the community are responsible for taking due care in their handling of all such information

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