2020-2021 Catalog 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Rules and Regulations

Academic Regulations

Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

Faculty Code of Ethics and Professional Standards

The following Ethical Principle and Standard of Conduct relating to the professional responsibility of faculty for students is endorsed by the Saddleback College Academic Senate. Conduct that departs from these principles is viewed by faculty as unacceptable because it is inconsistent with the mission of the college, and with the highest standards of professional conduct which we, as a faculty, are committed to maintain.

Ethical Principle:

“As teachers, professors encourage the free pursuit of learning in their students. They hold before them the best scholarly and ethical standards of their disciplines. They 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 ensure 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 or scholarly assistance from them. They protect their academic freedom.” (American Association of University Professors Statement, 1990)

Standards of Conduct:

  • Faculty shall treat all students with fairness and respect.
  • Faculty shall encourage the free exchange of ideas between themselves and students.
  • Faculty shall conscientiously strive to be fair and balanced in their evaluation of student work.
  • Faculty should not exploit their students for personal gain.
  • Faculty shall be fair and objective when providing references for students.
  • Faculty shall not disclose information about students obtained in the course of professional service unless disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law.
  • Faculty-student personal relationships are unethical when they hinder any student’s academic progress or create a situation in which any student is either favored or negatively impacted on grounds other than academic performance.
  • Because a teacher-student relationship is inherently unequal, a member of the faculty should not enter into a sexual relationship with his/her student while engaged in a professional relationship.
  • Faculty have the obligation to meet classes as scheduled, to maintain office hours, and to provide reasonable means for student access to course information