To promote and guide the professional conduct of Hawai'i Community College faculty and instructional staff, this code of ethics is promulgated by the Faculty of Hawai'i Community College.


Core Values

The Hawai'i Community College faculty and instructional staff are committed to the following values:


         Maintaining self-awareness through continual evaluation

         Respecting the individual

         Appreciating and accepting diversity and continual evolution of culture, ethnicity, familial strengths,

            interests and points of view

         Collaborating professionally with students, colleagues, and members of the local and global


         Continuing to enhance competence and proficiency in the instruction of the discipline and in the

            execution of duties

         Promoting education for personal fulfillment and life-long learning

         Promoting education for community improvement and advancement

         Utilizing technology as an educational tool

         Applying creativity, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of information and skills to

            solve problems


As masters of our discipline and life-long learners, faculty members and instructional staff continue to increase our knowledge in our disciplines.  We recognize the privilege and the responsibility that our knowledge and skills provide us to practice open and critical thinking and proceed with intellectual integrity.


As facilitators of learning, faculty members and instructional staff recognize our learners as being competent, caring, and positive contributing members of our local and global communities.  We engage our learners in a learning environment full of curiosity, critical thinking, creative application and academic integrity. In recognizing the imbalance of power, we provide a learning environment free of discrimination, harassment, and exploitation.  We evaluate our learners' work fairly and facilitate their continued self-assessment.  We respect our learners' confidentiality.  We are role models for our learners, demonstrating standards of personal integrity, intellectual pursuit, effective communication, social interaction, and work ethics.


As colleagues among faculty members and instructional staff, we respect our colleagues as educators, with knowledge and skills in their respective disciplines.  We support and defend the freedom of inquiry of our associates.  In collegial interactions, we promote collegial support and mentoring, avoiding discrimination, harassment, and coercion.


As faculty members working with administrators, we work collaboratively in the shared governance of our College.


As employees of the University of Hawai'i, we avoid using our employment for political purposes or personal gain.  We carry out our responsibilities and recognize the limitations set in our contract regarding such matters as intellectual property, additional employment, academic responsibility and gifts.


As members of the community, we have the rights and obligations of all citizens.  When speaking or acting as a private citizen, we ensure it is clear that we are expressing a personal judgment. 


As knowledgeable and skilled members of the community, we provide assistance, guidance, and leadership as appropriate in improving our local and global community.





All faculty members and all instructional staff are expected to review this code of professional conduct when first employed at Hawai'i Community College, preferably with a mentor or at a unit meeting.


The Chair of the Faculty Policy Committee shall disseminate these PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AND ETHICS at the beginning of each semester to the faculty and instructional staff of Hawai'i Community College.


            Once employed, faculty members and instructional staff are expected to review this code of ethics annually, preferably at a unit meeting.


            Recommendations for revisions are to be presented to the Hawai'i Community College Academic Senate.



Primary Resources


2003-2009 Agreement between the University of Hawai`i Professional Assembly and the Board

of Regents

American College Personnel Association Statement of Ethical Principles and Standards

Callahan, Joan (ed.), 1988, Ethical Issues in Professional Life, New YorkOxford University


Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment of the National Association for the

Education of Young Children

Hawai`i State Judicial Codes:  Chapter 84, State Ethics Code (used by the UH BOR)

Hawai`i Teachers Standards Board Professional Standards

University of Hawai`i Community Colleges Statement of Professional Ethics


Passed by the Academic Senate, April 1, 2005

Lou Zitnik,

Faculty Senate chair