Board Policy Manual
DH - Employee Standards of Conduct

Professional educators affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all persons and their right to learn. Learning best occurs in an environment devoted to the pursuit of truth, excellence, and liberty. These traits flourish where both freedom and responsibility are esteemed. 

In order to more adequately express the affirmation of our professional responsibilities, we the faculty of Amarillo College do adopt the following code of professional ethics: 

The Professional Educator shall treat all persons with respect, dignity, and justice, discriminating against no one on any arbitrary basis such as race, creed, sex, age, or social station. 

The Professional Educator shall strive to help each student realize his or her full potential as a scholar and as a human being. 

The Professional Educator shall by example and action encourage and defend the unfettered pursuit of truth by both 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. 

The Professional Educator, recognizing the necessity of many roles in the educational enterprise, shall work in such a manner as to enhance cooperation and collegiality among students, faculty, administrators, and non-academic personnel. 

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

The Professional Educator 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. 

The Professional Educator shall exercise the highest professional standards in the use of time and resources. 

The Professional Educator, recognizing the needs and rights of others as embodied in the institution, shall fulfill the employment agreement both in spirit and in fact, shall give reasonable notice upon resignation or retirement, and shall neither accept tasks for which he or she is not qualified nor assign tasks to unqualified persons. 

The Professional Educator shall support the goals and ideals of the institution and shall act in public and private affairs in such a manner as to bring credit to the institution. 

The Professional Educator shall observe the stated rules and regulations of the institution, reserving the right judiciously to seek revision. 

The Professional Educator shall participate in the governance of the institution by accepting a fair share of committee and institutional responsibilities. 

The Professional Educator shall support the right of all colleagues to academic freedom and due process and defend and assist a professional colleague accused of wrongdoing, incompetence, or other serious offense so long as the colleague's innocence may reasonably be maintained. 

The Professional Educator shall not support the continuation in higher education of a colleague known by him or her to be persistently unethical or professionally incompetent. 

The Professional Educator shall accept all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship including participation in the formulation of public policy, always avoiding use of the privileges of his or her public position for private or partisan advantage. 

(Source: Texas Junior College Teachers Association) 

Approved: August 20, 1991