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Ethical Behavior in Higher Educational Institutions: The Role of the Code of Conduct

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The report of the Treadway Commission suggests that all public companies should establish effective written codes of conduct in promoting honorable behavior by corporations. The need for written "codes of conduct" for businesses is evident in the current literature. However, there is not sufficient evidence regarding the implication of codes of conduct in a college. Academic dishonesty has become an important issue in institutions of higher education. Codes of conduct can also provide a basis for ethical behavior in colleges and universities. Survey respondents were generally supportive of the concept of codes of ethical conduct in colleges and universities. The results of this study indicate that college codes of conduct tend to follow a "low road" approach. The results also suggest the following needed improvements in college and university codes of conduct: (1) greater emphasis on preventing financial, scientific, and academic fraud; (2) more inclusion of the faculty in the process; and (3) establishment of a proper process for implementation of the code.

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Rezaee, Z., Elmore, R.C. & Szendi, J.Z. Ethical Behavior in Higher Educational Institutions: The Role of the Code of Conduct. Journal of Business Ethics 30, 171–183 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1006423220775

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  • codes of conduct
  • colleges and universities
  • financial and academic fraud