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Professional Ethics

Faculty members are bound by the Faculty Code of Professional Ethics (revised), as set forth in the University Policy Register.

Kent State University at East Liverpool embraces the institutional core values as noted in the University Policy Register-namely, that academic freedom is necessary to the mission of the faculty of the university, and that professional responsibility is a logical correlative of this freedom. Faculty members have the responsibilities to the students they teach, the university, and to their respective disciplines.

1. Responsibilities to Students

As summarized in the University Policy Register, the “central responsibility of a faculty member is to attempt to impart a knowledge and understanding of a field of study, develop in students appropriate and relevant skills, and to so in accordance with the best standards of scholarship and pedagogy in the discipline.” As summarized in the Regional campus handbook (Section VIII), faculty members are expected to serve as “role models to students to help them define and support campus-wide standards of integrity.” In meeting these responsibilities, faculty members are expected to maintain professional standards when conduction their classes. Summaries of expected behavior can be found in the University Policy Register and Regional campus Handbook.

2. Responsibilities to the University

Faculty have certain obligations to the university. The following serve as guidelines regarding the professional code of conduct.

Conflicts of Interest: Faculty members of Columbiana County Campus at East Liverpool are bound by the University policy regarding conflict of interest of university employees, as set forth in the University Policy Register.

University Policy Regarding Outside Employment: Outside activities of a professional nature are encouraged if the activities are consistent with the individual’s responsibilities to the university and in the furtherance of the aims of the university. The university recognizes that one mark of an individual’s distinction is the esteem in which he or she is held by those outside the university who may request services, professional judgments, or expertise. No individual, however, should accept employment or pursue other activity of a professional or nonprofessional nature that compromises his or her responsibilities to the university. (See university Policy Register. Faculty must seek permission of the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the Columbiana County Campuses before pursuing outside employment.

Use of Human Subjects in Research and Teaching: Faculty members are bound by the university policy regarding academic research involving use of human subjects for investigation, as set forth in the University Policy Register and Federal Regulations. In brief, faculty must submit a required form and secure approval from Institutional Review Board (IRB) before engaging in research that involves human subjects.

Use of Live Animals in Research and Teaching: Faculty members are bound by the university policy regarding academic research involving the use of live animals, as set forth in the University Policy Register.

University Policy Statements Regarding Faculty Use of Computers: Kent State University recognizes its role as guardian of a forum the free and open exchange of ideas and information. Additionally, the university recognizes its responsibility to provide an environment of research and learning free of hostility and considerate of others’ sensibilities. The university, while not desirous of playing the role of censor, must assure that it provides proper avenues of redress if a member of the university community feels degraded or harassed by something that he/she sees on a university computer display.  The university’s network system allows access to all manner of textual and graphic information from around the world, some of which may be considered offensive by some people. Individuals who display information of graphic or textual nature in a public or private area, viewable by others who consider it offensive or degrading, are liable to face charges of harassment.

3. Responsibility to the Profession:  Faculty members are responsible for maintaining professional standards with respect to research, dissemination of research, and interactions with colleagues as outlined in the University Policy Register.