The Community College of Rhode Island is an institution whose paramount mission is the enhancement of growth and learning in every one of its members--students, staff, faculty, administrators, and members of the Board of Education. Membership in this institution involves both privileges and obligations. To preserve the balance between these, and to ensure congruence between all college activities and the college mission, the College has formulated a Code of Ethics by which institutional and individual decisions shall be measured. Broadly interpreted, this code expresses a commitment of conscience, that is, we pledge to conduct our affairs, in spirit as well as in letter, with honesty, frankness, and integrity. The following are essential to this commitment:
1. The terms of this Code of Ethics are to be taken by each member of the CCRI community as a guide in all dealings pertinent to this institution.
2. The principle of academic freedom shall in no way be dishonored.
3. The resolution of conflicts shall be guided by traditionally held, fundamental, and commonly understood principles of honesty, mutual respect, justice, fair play, and equity.
4. The allocation of institutional resources shall be governed by this Code of Ethics, as permitted by the availability of these resources.
5. The ethical obligations incurred by faculty and staff because of membership in professional organizations external to this institution should be upheld by those individuals. This statement should not be construed to conflict with other such codes of ethics. In no case would it be considered appropriate for anyone to treat professional standards glibly or irresponsibly.
6. College employees are also governed by Rhode Island General Laws. Visit the Ethics Commission web site at http://www.ethics.ri.gov . (Ref: State Code of Ethics, R.I. Gen. Laws 36-14-1 et. seq. )