Code of Professional Conduct for Faculty

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Preface

Membership in the academic community of the University of Colorado at Denver carries with it certain obligations. At the core of these obligations, which range from a commitment to learning and scholarship to the larger mission of the university, is a respect for the dignity of others and a commitment to freedom of expression for all. These obligations carry with them the responsibility to protest injustices and seek correction of inequalities in ways which enhance and strengthen both individuals and the university.

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As Teachers

The University of Colorado at Denver faculty members encourage the free pursuit of learning by students, and demonstrate by example the best scholarly standards of their respective disciplines. The faculty respect the students as individuals and adhere to their designated role as intellectual guides and counselors, make every effort to foster honest academic conduct and to assure that evaluations of students reflect their actual performance. The faculty avoid and condemn sexual harassment, intimidation, and exploitation of students. The confidential nature of the relationship between professor and student is respected, and any exploitation of students for private advantage is avoided by the faculty member who acknowledges significant assistance from them. Faculty strive to help students develop high standards for academic competency and respect for academic freedom.

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Expressions of Dissent

The expression of dissent and the attempt to produce change on campus and in the larger society are legitimate, but they must be carried out in ways which do not violate academic freedom, injure individuals, disrupt the classes of colleagues, intrude on the individual rights of others or damage institutional facilities or private or public property. All members of the academic community and visitors to the University must be assured of the right to be heard in an atmosphere of free inquiry and in a situation devoid of violence.

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