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Workplace Ethics

Introduction

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Simply put, ethics defines the rules of behavior based on ideas regarding what is morally good and bad, right and wrong. A more expanded definition is that ethics refers to the specific moral values, principles, standards, rules and agreements people adopt for conducting their lives, both personal and professional. 

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Higher Ed HR (HEHR) Perspective

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It seems that every time a report of unethical behavior in educational institutions hits the news, there is a rush to appoint investigative task forces and subsequently a renewed interest in ethics policies and training. The last few years have seen grade fixing, cheating, academic misconduct, sexual harassment and assault, plagiarism, fraternity and sorority misconduct, resume padding, fraud and cover-ups, to name a few. Clearly, colleges and universities are not immune from the ethical challenges found throughout society. Yet to some, the responsibility to hold programs and employees to the highest standard is of great importance to the institution, and the wellbeing of students is of paramount concern to our work in the academic community.

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