Faculty Code of Conduct

The entire Faculty Code of Conduct, as well as any updates, can be found in the Academic Personnel Manual of the University of California (PDF). Part IIA of the Faculty Code of Conduct outlines faculty obligations to students and reads as follows.

Teaching and Students

Ethical Principles: “As teachers, the professors encourage the free pursuit of learning of their students. They hold before them the best scholarly standards of their discipline. Professors demonstrate respect for students as individuals and adhere to their proper roles as intellectual guides and counselors. Professors make every reasonable effort to foster honest academic conduct and to assure that their evaluations of students reflect each student’s true merit. They respect the confidential nature of the relationship between professor and student. They avoid any exploitation, harassment, or discriminatory treatment of students. They acknowledge significant academic and scholarly assistance from them. They protect their academic freedom.” (from 1966 AAUP statement, revised 1987)

Types of Unacceptable Conduct

Failure to meet the responsibilities of instruction, including (1) arbitrary denial of access to instruction; (2) significant intrusion of material unrelated to the course; (3) significant failure to adhere, without legitimate reason, to the rules of the faculty in the conduct of courses, to meet class, to keep office hours, or to hold examinations as scheduled; (4) evaluation of student work by criteria not directly reflective of course performance; (5) undue and unexcused delay in evaluating student work.

Discrimination, including harassment, against a student on political grounds or for reasons of race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, ethnic origin, national origin, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, status as a covered veteran or, within the limits imposed by law or University regulations, because of age or citizenship or for other arbitrary or personal reasons.

Violation of University policy, including the pertinent guidelines, applying to nondiscrimination against students on the basis of disability.

Use of the position or powers of a faculty member to coerce the judgment or conscience of a student or to cause harm to a student for arbitrary or personal reasons.

Participating in or deliberately abetting disruption, interference, or intimidation in the classroom.

Entering into a romantic or sexual relationship with any student for whom a faculty member has, or should reasonably expect to have in the future, academic responsibility (instructional, evaluative, or supervisory).

Exercising academic responsibility (instruction-al, evaluative, or supervisory) for any student with whom a faculty member has a romantic or sexual relationship.

Charges of Violation

If a student has reason to believe that a faculty member has violated the Faculty Code of Conduct and that formal discipline may be warranted, the alleged violator should be reported to the chair of the department and to the dean of the division or school with a request that a charge be filed with the Academic Senate Charges Committee. If the dean, in consultation with the vice chancellor of academic personnel, determines that there are not sufficient grounds for the administration to file a charge, the student may, after discussing the matter with the Office of Ombuds Services and a member of the Academic Senate Grievance Advisory Committee, file such a charge in person if the student continues to feel it is warranted.