Here we identify some critical ethical principles, and some examples of how to apply them:
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Do not infringe on a student's right to make independent decisions. Show respect for others and their opinions.
- clearly distinguish in lectures facts from opinions
- allow students to express opinions or beliefs that differ from yours
- give students flexibility in choosing topics for course projects or papers
'Above all, do no harm.'
Avoid putting others at risk or intentionally harming others.
- come to class well- prepared, not only with lecture, but also answers to possible questions
- explain basis of grading on written assignments/exams
- thoroughly cover course content
- show patience with slow learners
- respect the opinions and beliefs of your students
Actively contribute to the health and welfare of others.
- help students understand course material
- show enthusiasm for teaching and topic
- provide clear expectations for assignments
- promote cooperation among students
- help students know how best to study for your course
- help students who are having difficulties
In other words, fairness and equity. Sexism, racism and other bias are campus justice issues.
- provide objectives and requirements for assessments upfront
- fairly evaluate students' knowledge of material covered in the course
- equitably apply classroom policies (late assignments, absences, etc.) to all students
- provide balanced views, especially to controversial issues
- foster in-class participation from all students
Be trustworthy and honest. Do what you say you will do, when you say you will do it.
- follow through on legitimate requests from students
- promptly return graded assessments (tests, papers, and projects) to students
- following the course syllabus and timetable in teaching your course
- being accessible to students
- keeping scheduled appointments with students