STATEMENT OF ETHICS AND PHILOSOPHY
CC Policy #3610
It is the policy of Clarendon College to apply the highest ethical standards to all members of the College community including
the Board of Regents, administration, staff, and faculty in achieving
its mission, and in managing its resources efficiently and effectively
to reach its goals and objectives. The College seeks to treat each
person of the College community as a unique individual and provide a
positive, encouraging, and success-oriented environment. College
policies and practices that protect the rights and development of each
individual in the College community shall be enforced. Protection from
unlawful discrimination, including conduct that constitutes sexual
harassment, and freedom to develop as a student and/or College employee
shall be promoted.
College accepts its responsibilities to its students, to its employees,
and to the members of the community. The College is committed to meet
these responsibilities with balance, fairness, accountability, and
CC Policy #3620
employees of Clarendon College affirm the inherent worth and dignity of
all persons and the right of all persons to learn. Learning best occurs
in an environment devoted to the pursuit of truth, excellence, and liberty. These flourish where both freedom and responsibility are esteemed.
order to more adequately express the affirmation of our professional
responsibilities, we the employees of Clarendon College hold ourselves
and each other subject to, the following Code of Professional Ethics:
1. We shall treat all
persons with respect, dignity, and justice, discriminating against no
one on any arbitrary basis such as ethnicity, creed, gender, disability,
social station, or age.
2. We shall strive to help each student realize his or her full potential as a learner, a scholar, and as a human being.
3. We shall by example and action encourage and defend the unfettered
pursuit of truth by both colleagues* and students supporting the free
exchange of ideas, observing the highest standards of academic honesty,
integrity, and seeking always an attitude of scholarly objectivity and
tolerance of other viewpoints.
4. We, recognizing the necessity of many roles in the educational
enterprise, shall work in such a manner as to enhance cooperation and
among students, faculty, administrators, and non-academic personnel.
5. We shall recognize and preserve the confidential nature of
professional relationships, neither disclosing nor encouraging the
disclosure of information or rumor which might damage or embarrass or
violate the privacy of any other person.
6. We shall maintain competence through continued professional
development, shall demonstrate that competence through consistently
adequate preparation and performance, and shall seek to enhance that
competence by accepting and appropriating constructive criticism and
7. We shall exercise the highest professional standards and shall make
the most judicious and effective use of the college's time and
8. We, recognizing the needs and rights of others as embodied in the
institution, shall fulfill the employment agreement both in spirit and
in fact, shall give reasonable notice upon resignation, and shall
neither accept tasks for which we are not qualified, nor assign tasks to
9. We shall support the goals and ideals of the institution and shall
act in public and private affairs in such a manner as to bring credit to
10. We shall not engage in sexual harassment of students or colleagues
and shall adhere to the College's policy that prohibits sexual
11. We shall observe the stated policies and procedures of the College,
reserving the right to seek revision in a judicious and appropriate
12. We shall participate in the governance of the College by accepting a
fair share of committee and institutional responsibilities.
13. We shall support the right of all to academic freedom and due
process, and defend and assist those accused of wrongdoing,
incompetence, or other serious offense so long as the individual's
innocence may reasonably be maintained.
14. We shall not support a colleague or an individual who is known to be persistently unethical or professionally incompetent.
15. We shall accept all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship,
including participation in the formulation of public policy, always
avoiding use of the privileges of his or her public position for private or partisan advantage.
this code the term "colleague" refers to administrators, teachers,
nonacademic personnel, and any other persons employed by the College in
the educational enterprise.
Reference: TCCTA, 1997.
BOARD MEMBERS: STATEMENT OF ETHICS
CC Policy #1270
of Ethics: As a member of the Board, I will strive to improve community
college education, and to that end I shall adhere to the following
1. Attend all regularly
scheduled Board meetings as possible, and become informed concerning
issues to be considered at those meetings.
2. Work with other
Board members to establish effective Board policies and to delegate
authority for the administration of the College to the Chief Executive
3. Recognize that I should endeavor to make policy decisions only after full discussion at publicly held Board meetings.
4. Render all decisions based on the available facts and my independent
judgment, and refuse to surrender that judgment to individuals or special interest groups.
5. Encourage the free expression of
opinion by all Board members, and seek systematic communications between
the Board and students, staff, and all elements of the community.
6. Communicate to other Board members and the Chief Executive Officer
expressions of public reaction to Board policies and college programs.
7. Inform myself about current educational issues by individual study
and through participation in programs providing needed information, such
as those sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges
and the Association of Community College Trustees.
8. Support the
employment of those persons best qualified to serve as college staff,
and insist on a regular and impartial evaluation of all staff.
9. Shall not engage in discrimination, racial harassment, and/or sexual harassment.
10. Avoid being placed in a position of conflict of interest, and
refrain from using my Board position for personal or partisan gain.
11. Take no private action that will compromise the Board or
administration, and respect the confidentiality of information that is
privileged under applicable law.
12. Remember always that my
first and greatest concern must be the educational welfare of the
students attending the College.