Code of Ethics

The College of Business

Faculty, administration, staff, and students in the College of Business at Tennessee Technological University are guided by the core values of honesty, personal integrity, respect for others, and business professionalism. To elucidate and underline the importance of these core values, all members of the College of Business at Tennessee Technological University agree to commit themselves to the following code of ethics. By code of ethics we mean a set of principles or values that we believe should govern our actions and behavior in our dealings with each other and the business community. Our code of ethics is meant to provide for mutual respect among the members of the academic community and to assure the success of our College’s academic mission.

Faculty, Administration, and Staff Code of Conduct

As a fundamental part of its mission, the College of Business recognizes the importance of preparing our students to become "ethical business leaders." The same concern for ethics and ethical behavior extends to our faculty, administration, and staff. In particular, the university presumes that "the classroom instructor, by virtue of the University's decision to hire him/her in an instructional capacity, is assumed to be an ethical person dedicated to the maintenance of high professional standards." Our code entails certain minimum obligations. Among those obligations, in accordance with Faculty Handbook guidelines, we expect our faculty, administration, and staff [1] to:

  • Accommodate diversity by refraining from discrimination or harassment based on age, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or political belief.
  • Conduct classes in a manner that encourages the free flow of ideas between faculty and students, while being consistent with the goals of the class.
  • Provide a classroom setting where critical treatment of material that fosters ethical, or normative, thinking about issues is consistent with the goals of the class.
  • Maintain integrity and honesty in their personal research and teaching.
  • Maintain a professional approach in all relationships with students.
  • Practice disclosure in their use of institutional resources and outside institutional activities involving financial or in-kind remuneration.
  • Refrain from knowingly making false or malicious statements affecting students, faculty, colleagues, or administration.
  • Refrain from falsifying facts relating to his or her academic or professional qualifications.
  • Recognize and follow all copyright laws on articles, textbooks, computer software, etc.
  • Neither offer nor accept gratuities, gifts, or favors that might impair the professional judgment, damage the reputation, or result in personal gain of the faculty member or others.
  • Support students rights to privacy under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act by maintaining the confidentially of academic records and private communications.

Student Code of Conduct

Students will not engage in or condone academic deceit, dishonesty or misrepresentation, such as:

  • Receiving or using unauthorized or prohibited information, resources or assistance on an examination or assignment.
  • Committing plagiarism (see student handbook) on any examination or assignment.
  • Submitting another person’s work, in whole or in part, as the student’s own work.
  • Submitting an examination or assignment that the student has previously submitted for credit in another course, without express approval from the professor in each of the courses.
  • Damaging or misappropriating any college property or resources, including technology.

Along with others in the College of Business, students are encouraged to monitor suspected violations of the Tennessee Technological University College of Business Student Code of Conduct, as defined herein.

The process for dealing with alleged violations can be found in Tennessee Tech Policy No. 217 (Student Academic Misconduct Policy) found at Policy Central.

[1] Obligations that affect classroom instruction would apply only to those who teach.

Faculty, Administration, and Staff Code of Conduct

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