Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges officially adopted the Statement of Professional Ethics of the American Association of University Professors (in 1987) and a subsequent paper, Faculty Ethics: Expanding the AAUP Ethics Statement (1994), to address ethics issues faced specifically by community college faculty;
Whereas, Resolution 19.08 F98 calls for a paper to provide strategies to assist local academic senates in considering processes and committee structures to implement ethics policies and statements;
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges conducted a survey of the field, sampled local policies, and held breakouts to discuss these issues and found a range of strategies and practices and also found that implementation of such ethical policies and statements is controversial, fraught with potential problems, and may best be seen in light of local contexts, institutional climates, and committee structures; and
Whereas, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges nonetheless finds that discussion of ethics statements and implementation strategies can be an essential catalyst for ongoing faculty dialogue about professional standards and ethics, and that local senates can benefit from knowing the concerns as well as the practices and strategies current in the field;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate adopt the paper Faculty as Professionals: Responsibilities, Standards and Ethics as
a resource to assist local academic senates as they work to maintain principled institutional climates, sound professional relations and positive academic climates that promote student success, and
as a resource for local academic senates as they consider how best to model professional standards and whether to adopt implementation processes and committees to implement the standards set forth in the Expanded AAUP Ethics Statement.
The paper was published and is on the Senate website.