Ethics in Higher Education

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The most difficult questions that teachers often face have nothing to do with the content of the course or the way it is presented. They focus instead on the ethical issues of teaching, how we relate to our students, our institution, our discipline, and society at large. They ask themselves, what are our responsibilities to each constituency and what do we do when they conflict? Unfortunately, there are no easy answers to such questions. We shall discuss our various responsibilities. First, our responsibilities to our students: for example, the need to protect and encourage the free pursuit of learning, the need to model the best scholarly and ethical standards, the need to avoid exploitation, harassment, or discrimination. Second, we shall look at our responsibilities to colleagues, the institution, and the discipline we represent.

Michael Quick, January 2005


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