Karl Hostetler, in The Art and Politics of College Teaching, says, “Many of the most important questions that you must face as a professor are ethical questions. At root, college teaching is an ethical enterprise” (2001, p. 323). At Illinois, the Student Code is published each August and is available online at http://admin.illinois.edu/policy/code/. The Code provides these basic guidelines for those acting on behalf of the University:
Integrity by maintaining an ongoing dedication to honesty and responsibility.
Trustworthiness by acting in a reliable and dependable manner.
Evenhandedness by treating others with impartiality.
Respect by treating others with civility and decency.
Stewardship by exercising custodial responsibility for University property and resources.
Compliance by following state and federal laws and regulations and University policies related to their duties and responsibilities.
Confidentiality by protecting the integrity and security of University information such as student records, employee files, patient records, and contract negotiation documents.
In The Ethics of Teaching: A Case Book, Keith-Spiegel, Whitley, Balogh, Perkins and Wittig (2002) apply general ethical principles to academia. The eight points presented below are adapted from their text. These apply when interacting with students, staff, or peers.