Faculty Responsibilities to Colleagues
AS COLLEAGUES, faculty have obligations that derive from common membership in a community of teachers, scholars, and professionals. Among other things, they are expected to:
- help to preserve an atmosphere conducive to philosophical speculation, free inquiry, the reasonable interpretation of data, and the uncensored exchange of views
- acknowledge ideas that properly belong to others
- strive for objectivity when evaluating colleagues for initial appointment, promotion, tenure, or general performance
- show due respect for the opinions, rights, accomplishments, professional activities, safety, and property of others (including University property)
- conscientiously meet agreed-upon obligations to associates
- refuse to tolerate egregious examples of unacceptable conduct (see below).
(Based upon the AAUP Statement of Professional Ethics, 1966)
Examples of Unacceptable Conduct:
- Making evaluations of the professional competence of faculty members by criteria not directly reflective of professional performance.
- Making personal attacks on colleagues, either directly or indirectly, by involving students and/or other university personnel.
- Disrupting functions or activities sponsored by a colleague.
- Borrowing or using University resources or facilities on a significant scale for personal, commercial, political, or religious purposes.
- Forcibly detaining, threatening physical harm to, harassing, or intimidating another member of the University community, with the intent to interfere with that person's performance of his/her University activities.
- Breaching established confidentiality rules in hiring, promotion and tenure decision making, and other personnel procedures.
- Giving the appearance of being responsible for the activities, accomplishments, or scholarly work done by others.
- Censoring the free exchange of personal, political, or scholarly views between colleagues.
- Interfering with efforts to seek disciplinary action against a colleague.
- Encouraging students or others to seek disciplinary action against a colleague for arbitrary or personal reasons.
- Intentionally misrepresenting the personal views of any member of the University community as a statement of position.
- Knowingly taking actions that negatively impact colleagues or their activities without exploring more mutually acceptable actions in good faith.
- Discriminating against a colleague on political grounds or for reasons of age, citizenship, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, national origin, ancestry, marital status, or medical condition.
- Sexual harassment: Making unwelcome sexual advances, making requests for sexual favors, or engaging in other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is explicitly or implicitly linked to decision making involving one's employment or evaluation status; creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or academic environment to a reasonable person.