Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibilities | Salem Campus Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibilities

Faculty Code of Professional Ethics. Faculty members of the Salem Campus are bound by the University policy regarding the Faculty Code of Professional Ethics, as set forth in the University Register. This code states faculty’s responsibilities to the students, the University, the subject, the profession, and the community. (See https://www.kent.edu/policyreg/university-policy-regarding-faculty-code-professional-ethics.)

Conflict of Interest. Faculty members of this campus are bound by the University policy regarding conflict of interest of University employees, as set forth in the University Register.

(See https://www.kent.edu/policyreg/university-policy-regarding-conflict-interest-university-employees.)

Outside Employment. Faculty members are bound by the University policy regarding outside enterprises, including employment, as set forth in the University Register. (See https://www.kent.edu/policyreg/university-policy-regarding-outside-enterprises-including-employment-faculty-and-academic).

In brief, University policy prohibits an employee from placing himself/herself in a position where private interests conflict with public duty because university employment is viewed as a trust conferred by public authority for a public purpose.  Therefore, a decision to engage in service outside the university with or without compensation must take into consideration an individual’s total commitment, responsibility, and accountability to Kent State University.

Human Subjects Research. Faculty members are bound by the University policy regarding academic research involving use of human subjects for investigation, as set forth in the University Register. (See https://www.kent.edu/policyreg/administrative-policy-regarding-research-involving-human-subjects. See also https://www.kent.edu/research/research-humans.  Policies governing research with animals can be found at https://www.kent.edu/research/research-animals.