Faculty Code of Ethics

All members of the Department faculty are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards as teachers, scholars, university citizens and colleagues.  The University policy regarding faculty code of professional ethics can be found in the University Policy Register.  (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-17)

Policy on Non-Exploitation 

Members of the Department of Geology at Kent State University must not exploit persons over whom they have direct or indirect supervisory, evaluative, or other authority such as students, supervisees, employees, or research participants.  Specifically, members of the department should not directly or indirectly supervise or exercise evaluative authority over any student with whom they have romantic, sexual, or non-KSU employment relationships. Members of the department should recognize that external financial, romantic, or sexual relationships with individuals vulnerable to manipulation, such as current students in their programs or employees under their supervision, may create the appearance of, or opportunities for, favoritism and/or exploitation, and thus such relationships should be avoided.


In the event that a member of the Department enters into a potentially exploitative relationship that is covered by the above policy it is that member’s responsibility to remove themselves from having any supervisory, instructional, or evaluative authority in that relationship and to disclose the relationship to the Department Chair. 


Failure to comply with this policy may result in discipline or dismissal according to the institutional rules and policies appropriate to the individuals involved.