Introduction —

•February 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

“As members of the Faculty of Information Technology community, all faculty, staff, students, members of the Board of Trustees, University Officers and affiliates are responsible for sustaining the highest ethical standards of this institution, and of the broader community in which we function. The faculty values integrity, honesty and fairness and strives to integrate these values into its teaching, research and business practices.”


The FIT community comprises a diverse population of persons in pursuit of honest inquiry and academic excellence. The educational and human interchanges that ensue are grounded in academic freedom and mutual respect. Members of the academic community are encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and sustained personal independence and are required to engage in responsible social conduct that reflects credit upon the FIT community and to model good citizenship in any community. Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are crucial aspects of the academic process. Freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on campus, and in the greater academic community. The University has developed procedures and policies to safeguard this freedom and to maintain an environment conducive to the learning process.

In that spirit, this Code (the “COC”) is a shared statement of our commitment to upholding the ethical, professional and legal standards we use as the basis for our daily and long-term decisions and actions. We all must be cognizant of and comply with the relevant policies, standards, laws and regulations that guide our work. We are each individually accountable for our own actions and, as members of the University community are collectively accountable for upholding these standards of behavior and for compliance with all applicable laws and policies.

FIT recognizes that it must earn and maintain a reputation for integrity that includes, but is not limited to, compliance with laws and regulations. Even the appearance of misconduct or impropriety can be very damaging to the faculty. FIT must strive at all times to maintain the highest standards of quality and integrity. Frequently, FIT’s activities and the other conduct of its community members are not governed by specific laws or regulations. In these instances, rules of fairness, honesty, and respect for the rights of others will govern our conduct at all times. In addition, each individual is required to conduct faculty activities with the utmost honesty, accuracy and fairness. Each situation needs to be examined in accordance with this standard. No unethical practice can be tolerated on the grounds that it is “customary” outside of FIT or that it serves other worthy goals. Expediency should never compromise integrity.