Statement of Professional Standards


A.     The first and highest professional obligation of every member of the teaching faculty, as well as the campus community as a whole, is to the student. Included are the following responsibilities:

1.      To deal seriously and conscientiously with the teaching assignment, including careful planning and preparation of courses, regularity in meeting scheduled classes, a clear explanation to students about course requirements, and fair and impartial grading

2.      To seek ways to improve teaching effectiveness, through means such as exploring new ways of presenting academic subject matter, motivating students, improving methods of evaluating student achievements, and constantly re-evaluating his/her teaching methods

3.      To recognize that students deserve respect as individuals and have rights that must be protected; to have a concern for academic and personal problems of individual students, to give mature advice, to treat students courteously, and to use with professional discretion personal information about students which may come to the faculty member's attention

4.      To recognize that the faculty member serves as a model and exercises a great influence on students and therefore must strive to set high standards in academic excellence and in personal integrity

5.      To recognize that in his/her influential classroom role the faculty member is morally bound not to take advantage of his/her position by repeatedly introducing into class discussions of subject matter outside the scope of the course and not within his/her field of professional competence

6.      To avoid any exploitation of students for his/her private advantage, including the acceptance of compensation for tutoring students under his/her professional jurisdiction


B.     Teaching faculty members, guided by a deep conviction of the worth and dignity of the advancement of knowledge, have many responsibilities to their profession, including the following:

1.      To see and to state the truth in his/her subject as they see i

2.      To keep up-to-date with developing knowledge in their academic discipline through familiarity with recent publications and journals and participating in local or national professional societies and meetings where feasible

3.      To advance knowledge in their academic discipline, when possible, through individual research, creative writing and analysis, and presenting papers at colloquiums or professional meetings. All research involving human participants in research should conform to current guidelines set forth in the document "Ethical principles and review procedures for human participants in research" available from the office of the provost/vice president for academic affairs

4.      To seek ways to strengthen the educational program of the university and to assist colleagues toward this goal by participating in curriculum or other studies

5.      To participate in departmental and faculty meetings

6.      To assume a fair share of faculty committee assignments, recognizing the importance of such participation in improving the operation of the university

7.      To demonstrate respect for the right of students, administrators, and other faculty members to hold divergent opinions

8.      To avoid discussion with students of suspected incompetence, misconduct, lack of personal or professional integrity, or other possible shortcomings of another faculty or staff member, unless acting in an official capacity


C.     All employees with teaching responsibility or any position of authority with students must avoid inappropriate relationships with students. An inappropriate relationship is any romantic or physically intimate liaison. Positions of authority include, but may not be limited to, teaching, evaluating, supervising, coaching, or advising a student or student group. Pre-existing relationships are exempt from this policy.


  D.     All employees with teaching responsibility or any position of authority with students must avoid any kind of overt sexual harassment or implicit sexual discrimination.

1.      Overt sexual harassment may be described as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physically expressive behavior of a sexual nature where submission to or rejection of such conduct by a student may be used as the basis for academic decisions

2.      Implicit sexual discrimination or unconscious harassment may be described as conduct which has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning educational environment.


E.      As employees of Elon University, all faculty members accept and promote the aims and objectives of the university, show an overall concern for its welfare, and assume the following responsibilities

1.      To uphold the ethical standards inherent in the ideals, principles, and purposes of a church-related, Christian university

2.      To support the religious, cultural, academic, and athletic programs

3.      To cooperate in strengthening and implementing the honor system on the campus

4.      To fulfill conscientiously all the contractual obligations for the period of time agreed and to give the university reasonable notice when resigning to accept another position

5.      To use conscientiously the funds and equipment of the university, and to avoid use of university resources for his/her own personal gain

6.      To avoid personal and professional actions that may cause economic loss to or legal action against the university

7.      To indicate clearly in making public statements that they are not speaking as a representative of the university, but as an independent scholar and citizen