UCFV Statement on Institutional Ethics*
* Note: The UCFV Statement on Institutional Ethics is under review.
The purpose of this statement is to identify the principal values of UCFV and to outline the conduct expected of members of the UCFV community**.
Members of UCFV differ in age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, political persuasion, and many personal values. However, they agree on the following values:
1. A respect for persons
Respecting persons implies recognizing that we are distinctive individuals with our own goals, beliefs, feelings, values, and relationships, and that these have a vital place in oneís sense of dignity and autonomy. It does not imply carte blanche acceptance of any values, beliefs, or goals, but does require that in our attempts to change a personís beliefs or values, that we appeal to his or her capacity for independent judgement and ability to assess reason.
2. Esteem for education
As a contemporary institution of higher education, we recognize the fact that people come to UCFV for a variety of reasons. But underlying all their purposes is a common one: an appreciation of the value of learning, of acquiring and increasing knowledge, of making the world a better place in which to live, of appreciating and creating works of beauty.
3. Collegiality and individual responsibility
Members of the UCFV community are individually accountable for their activities, but they also acknowledge a deep interdependence with others in achieving their goals. Consequently, we are co-operative, consultative, and ultimately supportive of one another in our activities at UCFV.
4. Concern for the personal development of each member of the UCFV community
Members of the UCFV community are concerned for the personal development and general wellbeing of other members of the community. We support the legitimate educational and professional development of each member of the UCFV community. We attempt to be inclusive in our teaching methods and curricula, and we strive to enable opportunities for professional and personal growth.
At UCFV every effort is taken to avoid actions and policies that cause unnecessary harm to others. Violence, abusive language, and willful damage to property are disapproved of in the strongest possible terms. We strive to maintain an institution that is free of racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry. If undue suffering has occurred, wherever possible we attempt to redress the harm. Further, we look very unfavourably on exploitation in all its forms.
Members of the UCFV community strive to be fair in their dealings with others, especially where rewards and punishments are assigned. This includes student grades and reference letters, faculty and staff evaluations, and scholarships and awards. Criteria for rewards and punishments are to be clearly articulated, and the processes for administering rewards and punishments should be as transparent as possible. Relevant reasons should be given for oneís judgements. Furthermore, fairness requires that no oneís work be exploited; where someone has made a clear contribution to oneís work, one will acknowledge that contribution appropriately.
7. Honesty and openness
At UCFV we can expect others to respect the value of truthfulness. This includes intellectual honesty as well as honesty in our relations with colleagues, subordinates, and supervisors.
Members of UCFV have academic and artistic freedom, which includes the freedom to investigate controversial views, to hold unpopular positions on controversial issues, and to present in class and in the wider community oneís controversial views. Members of the UCFV community have a positive duty to ensure that our institution encourages students, faculty, staff, and administrators to use their own best judgement in choosing what to investigate and in the pursuit of truth within their investigations. Students, in particular, have a right to be free from indoctrination and other forms of miseducation that fail to respect the autonomy of the student.
UCFV endeavours to provide equal access to educational opportunities for all students by knowing about and being sensitive to the various barriers that can limit an individualís opportunities for educational growth, by being informed regarding the resources and supports available to students, and through advocacy of the issue of equal opportunity for education.
Members of the UCFV community respect the privacy of others. They will not unreasonably disclose information with which they have been entrusted in the performance of their duties. In general, personal information is to be disclosed only for authorized purposes consistent with the purpose or reason for which the information was obtained or with the consent of the relevant individual. However, if disclosure of information will prevent serious harm to an individual or malicious damage to property, then the information may be disclosed to appropriate authorities, subject to the limitations imposed by the memberís professional code of ethics.
Conflict of interest and dual relationships
Members of the UCFV community avoid entering into dual relationships that compromise their responsibilities to the institution and other UCFV members. Members further recognize the responsibilities of being in a position of relatively greater power than another individual, and do not exploit such positions for personal gain.
Members of the UCFV community recognize the inevitability of personal and professional conflicts with other members and the impact that these conflicts may have on seemingly uninvolved students and colleagues. In recognition of these dynamics, members of the UCFV community embrace the responsibility to respond to these conflicts in positive and professional ways.
Conflict with the code of ethics of a memberís professional association
In the event that a memberís professional life is governed by the code of ethics of a professional association, the member will attempt to satisfy the guidelines of both the professionís code and this statement. If this is not possible, then the individual shall adhere to the code of ethics of the professional association.
Controversial and sensitive issues are not to be avoided, but ought to be addressed rationally and in a manner that respects the beliefs and feelings of other people. Consequently, such discussions ought to encourage listening carefully to diverse views, the judicious consideration of evidence and argument, and the active search for good reasons for oneís own and othersí positions. As much as possible, the development of capacities for critical, imaginative, and constructive thought ought to be promoted.
University college citizenship
The mission of the University College of the Fraser Valley can only be met through the collaborative efforts of a wide range of people, including professional administrators, Board members, community volunteers, faculty, staff, and students. Through its policies and practices, UCFV encourages each member to be involved in the governance of the institution. Further, each member of the UCFV community contributes to the administrative, intellectual, athletic, artistic and social organizations and committees constitutive of UCFV according to her or his abilities, aptitudes, and talents.
** The term ďmember of the UCFV communityĒ is to be understood to designate administrators, staff members, faculty, students, Board members and voluntary associates of the university college insofar as they are affiliated with UCFV.