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Professional Ethics & Responsibilities

Scope and Functions:

Structure/Scope:  The Committee publicizes and supports the Statement on Professional Ethics, developing policies that encourage adherence to the Statement. The Committee shall include at least five faculty members broadly representing the diversity of the campus community.  Membership: Faculty

  • A. Recommends a Code of Ethics and publicizes it to the campus community, and promotes understanding of and adherence to such Code of Ethics and policies as may be adopted by the Senate.
  • B. Recommends policies related to academic freedom and other rights and responsibilities of faculty.
  • C. Provides, upon request of the Academic Senate President, confidential advice, counsel, and/or peer mediation to faculty members on issues related to professional and ethical conduct which are not covered by the collective bargaining agreement or other District policies and procedures. 
  • D. Develops, recommends, and makes available a list of appropriate referrals to assist members of the College community regarding any complaints or alleged violation of Senate policies such as those on academic freedom, responsibility or ethics.
  • E. Supports and advises faculty as needed regarding ethical issues brought to its attention.
  • F. Performs, at the direction of the Executive Committee or the Academic Senate President, any other duties as assigned relating to Senate or professional ethical matters.


Members 2014-2015
James Stramel x 8969

Other Members:
Jillian Alexander​
Sage Bennett
Teri Bernstein
Lisa Farwell
Christina Gabler
Steven Kaufman
Valerie Narey

Gary Ortega
Anntippia Short

Student member: 


Meetings - 2013-2014 year 

Place: Business or HSS conference room
Time: Thursdays, 11:15am-12:30pm
September 25, 2014
October 16, 2014
November 20, 2014
December 11, 2014





Related Links



...note: editable versions of the Model syllabus documents are available in FAC101, a course in eCompanion, accessible to all faculty members.

Statement on Ethics

AAUP Ethics Statement

Academic Freedom and Responsibility Page

Best Practices On Ground

see the Distance Education Committee page for Best Practices Online

Building a Better Academic Workplace (civility resources)

Agendas and Minutes:



Ethical Professor Archive:

One of the functions of the Academic Senate's Professional Ethics and Responsibilities Committee is to promote understanding of and adherence to our Code of Ethics. To this end, we post written materials and send out brief emails to faculty which present a variety of common ethical dilemmas or problems that faculty members may face. Rather than telling people what they must do, we raise these issues in order to stimulate reflection on our own individual conduct and we try to encourage "best practices." Our presumption is that each of us is committed to being an "ethical professor," but that reflection on our practices might reveal opportunities for improvement or help us to better handle such situations when they arise.