Professional Ethics

The AAUP has long held that academic freedom carries with it duties correlative with rights. These duties are described in the Statement on Professional Ethics, first issued in 1966, and in derivative statements that deal with particular ethical issues, including plagiarism, conflicts of interest, and the recruitment and resignation of faculty members.

The Association’s work in the area of professional ethics is primarily educative: to inform members of the higher education community about principles of professional ethics and to encourage their observance.

The AAUP’s national Committee on Professional Ethics promotes the observance of professional and ethical standards by members of the higher education community through the development of policy statements and reports and the application of those principles to particular ethical situations.

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