We, the employees* of Tyler Junior 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.

In order to express more adequately the affirmation of our professional responsibilities, we, the employees of the College District, do adopt, and hold ourselves and each other subject to, the following Employee Code of Ethics:

We shall treat all persons with respect, dignity, and justice, discriminating against no one on any arbitrary basis such as race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, limited English proficiency, or any other basis prohibited by law.

We shall strive to help each student realize his or her full potential as a learner and as a human being.

We shall, by example and action, encourage and defend the unfettered pursuit of truth by colleagues and students supporting the free exchange of ideas, observing the highest standards of academic honesty and integrity, and seeking always an attitude of scholarly objectivity and tolerance of other viewpoints.

We shall work to enhance cooperation and collegiality among students, faculty, administrators, and other personnel.

We shall recognize and preserve the confidential nature of professional relationships, neither disclosing nor encouraging the disclosure of information or rumor that might damage or embarrass or violate the privacy of any other person.

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 evaluation.

We shall work cooperatively and respectfully with all coworkers, supervisors, and students, and act in the best interest of the departments and the College District as a whole.

We shall make the most judicious and effective use of the College District's time and resources.

We 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 unqualified persons.

We shall support the goals and ideals of the College District and shall act in public and private affairs in such a manner as to bring credit to the College District.

We shall not engage in sexual harassment or sexual violence of students, colleagues, or any other person, including off-campus activities and events, and shall adhere to the College District's policy on sexual conduct. [See DIA(LOCAL)]

We shall observe the stated policies and procedures of the College District, reserving the right to seek revision in a judicious and appropriate manner.

We shall participate in the governance of the College District by accepting a fair share of committee and institutional responsibilities.

We shall support the right of all employees to academic freedom and due process and shall defend and assist those accused of wrongdoing, incompetence, or other serious offense so long as the individual's innocence may reasonably be maintained.

We shall not support the continuation of employment by the College District of an individual whose persistently unethical conduct or professional incompetence has been demonstrated through due process.

We shall accept all rights and responsibilities of citizenship, including participation in the formulation of public policy, always avoiding use of the privileges of our public position for private or partisan advantage.

*In this code, the term "employee" refers to administrators, faculty, support personnel, and any other persons employed by Tyler Junior College.

REFERENCE: Based on the Texas Community College Teachers Association, Code of Professional Ethics, Adopted February 20, 1997.

Tyler Junior College


LDU 2014.03

DATE ISSUED: 6/18/2014