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Code of Ethics for Staff

 

CATHOLIC INSTITUTE OF SYDNEY
CODE OF ETHICS FOR STAFF

Introduction

  1. This Code of Ethics is established to assist Catholic Institute of Sydney staff to identify and manage ethical issues that may arise in the course of their work.
  2. Section 1 of the Code deals with matters of particular relevance to academic staff. Section 2 deals with matters of relevance to all staff including academic staff.
  3. It is expected that both the Institute and its staff will uphold and advance the principles embodies in this Code.

Section 1: Matters of Particular Relevance to Academic Staff

1.1 Academic Freedom and Responsibility

  1. Academic freedom for Catholic Institute of Sydney staff is exercised within and takes account of the Roman Catholic tradition in which the Institute is established.
  2. Taking this tradition into account, Institute staff have the responsibility to undertake research, and to base their research, scholarship and teaching on an honest search for and dissemination of knowledge.
  3. Academic staff should never act or omit to act so as to limit unreasonably the academic freedom of any other person.
  4. In the context of legitimate academic freedom it is accepted that academic staff may sometimes act in their research, scholarship and teaching as critics of prevailing modes of thought, understanding, policies and practices and may offer alternative modes of thought, understanding, policies and practices.

1.2 Academic Staff as Teachers and Supervisors of Students

Academic staff should:

  1. treat students with respect at all times, according to the principles of access and equity.
  2. not allow personal relationships with students to affect or appear to affect the professional relationship between them
  3. recognise that all forms of harassment are completely unacceptable
  4. encourage students to think independently and to exchange ideas freely
  5. develop and maintain expertise in areas in which they teach
  6. communicate effectively in both formal and informal teaching contexts, and allow students reasonable access for this purpose
  7. develop assessment procedures that are fair and effective and that contribute to student learning, and administer them in a fair and efficient manner, and provide timely and constructive feedback to students
  8. ensure that they are familiar with current Catholic Institute of Sydney degree regulations and other regulations relating to their teaching and assessment procedures
  9. continually seek to improve their teaching effectiveness on the basis of all available information about their performance and its impact on students
  10. undertake professional development or activities intended to improve teaching
  11. where appropriate, provide suitable advice and assistance to former students in their academic and professional development
  12. refrain from seeking or revealing confidential information about students without the permission of the st udent concerned except in a recognised official capacity and in appropriate circumstances such as a clear risk to the student or other person, in an emergency, or where required by law.

 

1.3 Academic Staff as Researchers and Scholars

Academic staff should:

  1. treat other researchers and research subjects with respect at all times
  2. seek to develop new understanding of their areas of expertise, both for the increase of knowledge for its own sake and for the wider public interest
  3. truthfully acknowledge the contributions that others have made towards their research and scholarship, especially colleagues and students
  4. accept an obligation to disseminate the results of their research through publication, conference presentation, and in other appropriate ways
  5. comply with the standards and ethics of their own professional societies, and with nationally and internationally accepted standards.

 

1.4 Academic Staff as Consultants and Practitioners

Academic staff should:

  1. avoid taking work that would in any way interfere with the fulfilment of their duties on behalf of the Institute
  2. refrain from engaging in any work that would compromise their integrity and independence as academic staff
  3. represent their academic competence truthfully
  4. avoid representing themselves as acting for, or on behalf of, Catholic Institute of Sydney when undertaking private consulting work
  5. avoid improper use of the resources of Catholic Institute of Sydney for private gain.

 

Section 2: Matters of Relevance to All Staff Including Academic Staff


2.1 Academic Staff in Their Relations with Other Staff

Academic Staff should:

  1. treat all other staff with respect at all times
  2. give due credit to the contributions of other staff
  3. assist colleagues where appropriate and in particular act as mentors towards junior colleagues
  4. refrain from acting in any way that would unfairly harm the reputation, or career prospects of other staff
  5. not allow personal relationships with other staff to affect or appear to affect the professional relationship between them
  6. recognise that all forms of harassment are completely unacceptable
  7. be prepared to act appropriately and constructively where a colleague’s behaviour is clearly in breach of this Code
  8. refrain from seeking or revealing confidential information about other staff members without the permission of the person concerned, except in a recognised official capacity and in appropriate circumstances such as a clear risk to the staff member or another person, in an emergency, or where required by law.

2.2. Staff as Appointees of the Chancellor or President

All staff should:

  1. acknowledge and contribute to the achievement of Catholic Institute of Sydney’s objectives
  2. participate appropriately in the institutional life of Catholic Institute of Sydney
  3. refrain from representing themselves as spokespersons for Catholic Institute of Sydney unless authorised to do so
  4. take all due care and responsibility to uphold the reputation of Catholic Institute of Sydney and not engage in activities which would bring Catholic Institute of Sydney into disrepute
  5. accept a responsibility as stewards of Catholic Institute of Sydney property.

 

Issued by the President on: 24 July 2003