Ethics Matters : Managing Ethical Issues

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Ethics Matters : Managing Ethical issues in Higher Education
Foram A. Patel,
Assistant Professor,
Sardar Valllabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology,
Vasad, Gujarat.

An institution that is consciously and deliberately ethically aware will play a valuable role in pursuing wider community and societal aims. Our staff and students should be enabled to handle the range of ethical dilemmas they will face in an increasingly multicultural society with global dimensions. It is necessary to make people aware of how valuable the ethics are, irrespective of the particular professional fields. Higher education should be regarded as an inherently valuable activity that sets out to benefit society. The relationships between the
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In addition, the Nolan Committee 's First Report on Standards in Public Life sets out seven principles that “apply to all aspects of public life”. These are selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Maintaining high ethical standards is made explicit, or at least implicit, in the aims and objectives of most institutions. But HEIs still need to ensure that these aims are put into practice in the day to day running of the institution. Ethical issues arise in a wide range of situations, including those relating to how an institution treats it employees, students and other groups. The relationships between the organization and its funders and commercial partners provide scope for conflicts of interest and other ethical dilemmas. Marketing practices and admissions procedures may raise questions about honesty and fairness, while upholding academic freedom can have both legal and ethical consequences. Ethical issues range from plagiarism to public interest disclosure and from race equality to confidentiality of information.

While legislation may dictate how to approach some situations, this will not always be the case. Neither should legislation drive an institution’s approach to ethical issues. It is up to individual institutions to determine what is and is not acceptable behavior

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