Inclusive to the Faculty Handbook should be this Statement of Professional Ethics (approved by the West Liberty State College faculty as preamble to the Faculty Senate Constitution, March 23, 1970) (Revised April 28, 1992)
1. The professor, guided by a deep conviction of the worth and dignity of the advancement of knowledge, recognizes special responsibilities. The professor’s responsibility is to seek and to state the truth as he/she sees it. To this end he/she devotes his or her energies to developing and improving scholarly competence. The professor accepts the obligation to exercise critical self-discipline and judgment in using, extending, and transmitting knowledge. One practices intellectual honesty. Although he/she may follow subsidiary interests, these interests must never seriously hamper or compromise freedom of inquiry.
2. As a teacher, the professor encourages the free pursuit of learning of students. The teacher holds the best scholarly standards of the discipline. A professor demonstrates respect for the student as an individual, and adheres to the proper role as intellectual guide and counselor. A professor makes every reasonable effort to foster honest academic conduct and to assure that evaluation of students reflects their true merit. The confidential nature of the relationship between professor and student is always respected. He/she avoids any exploitation of students for private advantage and acknowledges significant assistance from them. A professor protects students’ academic freedom.
3. As a colleague, the professor has obligations that derive from common membership in the community of scholars. A professor respects and defends the free inquiry of associates. In the exchange of criticism and ideas he/she shows due respect for the opinions of others. He/she acknowledges academic debts and strives to be objective in professional judgment of colleagues. He/she accepts a share of faculty responsibilities for the governance of the institution.
4. As a member of the institution, the professor seeks above all to be an effective teacher and scholar. Although he/she observes the stated regulations of the institution provided they do not contravene academic freedom a professor maintains the right to criticize and seek revision. He/she determines the amount and character of work done outside the institution with due regard to paramount responsibilities within it. When considering the interruption or termination of service, he/she recognizes the effect of this decision upon the program of the institution and gives due notice of intentions.
5. As a member of the community, the professor has the rights and responsibilities to subject, to students, to profession, and to institution. When he/she speaks or acts as a private citizen, a professor avoids creating the impression that he/she speaks or acts for the college or university. As a citizen engaged in a profession that depends upon freedom for its health and integrity, the professor has a particular obligation to promote conditions of free inquiry and to further public understanding of academic freedom.
Important Policies and Procedures are also available on the Human Resources web page.