Faculty Senate

West Chester University

Contact Info:
James Brenner, President
Email: jbrenner@wcupa.edu

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:

  1. Making evaluations of the professional competence of faculty members by criteria not directly reflective of professional performance.
  2. Making personal attacks on colleagues, either directly or indirectly, by involving students and/or other university personnel.
  3. Disrupting functions or activities sponsored by a colleague.
  4. Borrowing or using University resources or facilities on a significant scale for personal, commercial, political, or religious purposes.
  5. 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.
  6. Breaching established confidentiality rules in hiring, promotion and tenure decision making, and other personnel procedures.
  7. Giving the appearance of being responsible for the activities, accomplishments, or scholarly work done by others.
  8. Censoring the free exchange of personal, political, or scholarly views between colleagues.
  9. Interfering with efforts to seek disciplinary action against a colleague.
  10. Encouraging students or others to seek disciplinary action against a colleague for arbitrary or personal reasons.
  11. Intentionally misrepresenting the personal views of any member of the University community as a statement of position.
  12. Knowingly taking actions that negatively impact colleagues or their activities without exploring more mutually acceptable actions in good faith.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.