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GENERAL UNIVERSITY POLICY REGARDING ACADEMIC APPOINTEES The Faculty Code of Conduct

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The integrity of the faculty-student relationship is the foundation of the University’s educational mission. This relationship vests considerable trust in the faculty member, who, in turn, bears authority and accountability as mentor, educator, and evaluator. The unequal institutional power inherent in this relationship heightens the vulnerability of the student and the potential for coercion. The pedagogical relationship between faculty member and student must be protected from influences or activities that can interfere with learning consistent with the goals and ideals of the University. Whenever a faculty member is responsible for academic supervision of a student, a personal relationship between them of a romantic or sexual nature, even if consensual, is inappropriate. Any such relationship jeopardizes the integrity of the educational process.

In this section, the term student refers to all individuals under the academic supervision of faculty.

Types of unacceptable conduct:

  • 1.

    Failure to meet the responsibilities of instruction, including:

    • (a)

      arbitrary denial of access to instruction;

    • (b)

      significant intrusion of material unrelated to the course;

    • (c)

      significant failure to adhere, without legitimate reason, to the rules of the

faculty in the conduct of courses, to meet class, to keep office hours, or to hold examinations as scheduled;

(d)

evaluation of student work by criteria not directly reflective of course performance;

(e)

undue and unexcused delay in evaluating student work.

2.

Discrimination,

including

hagainst atstudent on political grounds, or

for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression,

gender identity, ethnic origin, national origin, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy,

physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), or service in the uniformed services as defined by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), as well as state military and naval service, or, within the limits imposed by law or University regulations, because of age or citizenship or for other

arbitrary or personal reasons.

Rev. 7/19/13

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