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Professional Ethics & Responsibilities

Scope and Functions:

Structure/Scope:  The Committee publicizes and supports the Statement on Professional Ethics, developing policies that encourage adherence to the Statement. The Committee shall include at least five faculty members broadly representing the diversity of the campus community.  Membership: Faculty

  • A. Recommends a Code of Ethics and publicizes it to the campus community, and promotes understanding of and adherence to such Code of Ethics and policies as may be adopted by the Senate.
  • B. Recommends policies related to academic freedom and other rights and responsibilities of faculty.
  • C. Provides, upon request of the Academic Senate President, confidential advice, counsel, and/or peer mediation to faculty members on issues related to professional and ethical conduct which are not covered by the collective bargaining agreement or other District policies and procedures. 
  • D. Develops, recommends, and makes available a list of appropriate referrals to assist members of the College community regarding any complaints or alleged violation of Senate policies such as those on academic freedom, responsibility or ethics.
  • E. Supports and advises faculty as needed regarding ethical issues brought to its attention.
  • F. Performs, at the direction of the Executive Committee or the Academic Senate President, any other duties as assigned relating to Senate or professional ethical matters.

Members 2013-2014
James Stramel x 8969
Teri Bernstein x 4645

Other Members:
Sage Bennett
Wendy Dishman
Craig Hammond
Steven Kaufman
Marco Llaguno
Gary Ortega
Student member: Winnie Kakonge


Meetings - 2013-2014 year 

Place: Business or HSS conference room
Time: Thursdays, 11:15am-12:30pm
September 12, 2013
(the following dates are tentative)
October 10, 2013
November 7, 2013
December 5, 2013

February 20, 2014

March 13, 2014
April 10, 2014
May 8, 2014

Related Links



...note: editable versions of the Model syllabus documents are available in FAC101, a course in eCompanion, accessible to all faculty members.

Statement on Ethics

AAUP Ethics Statement

Academic Freedom and Responsibility Page

Best Practices On Ground

see the Distance Education Committee page for Best Practices Online

Agendas and Minutes:

September 12, 2013 Agenda



Ethical Professor Archive