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Academic Ethics  

Resources on academic ethics in higher education, including intellectual freedom, plagiarism, and professional ethics for researchers and educators.
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Suggested Print Resources

Books on Academic Ethics in held in IIT Libraries 

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Ethics and the University - Davis, Michael
Call Number: CSEP.LB2324.D381999
Discusses ethical issues in academic life, methods of teaching ethics in professional courses, and ethics in student life on campus.

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Ethics and Higher Education - May, William W.
Call Number: CSEP.LA227.3.E871990

Academic Ethics at IIT

Resources relevant to IIT students, faculty & staff.

  • Code of Academic Honesty
    The Code of Academic Honesty for the Illinois Institute of Technology, found in the Student Handbook.
  • Code of Conduct
    The Student Code of Conduct for the Illinois Institute of Technology, outlining behaviors and practices that students should refrain from while they are a member of the IIT community.
  • IIT Code of Ethics
    This code of ethics was developed by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions with substantial input from focus groups made up of IIT students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Though never fully adopted by IIT as official, it is an extremely good example of the ethical ideas of the IIT community.

Academic Ethics Centers

Case Studies

Collections of case studies dealing with academic ethics including academic integrity, plagiarism, collaboration, choosing a mentor, and intellectual freedom. 

  • Education Ethics
    A collection of case studies developed by the Markkkua Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.
  • Ethics Education Library
    Developed by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at IIT, the Ethics Education Library includes a large collection of case studies dealing with academic ethics both from the perspective of the student and the professor.

Other University Codes of Ethics

Aspirational codes of ethics developed by universities other than IIT. 

  • University of Pennsylvania, Student Code of Ethics
    Code of Ethics for University of Pennsylvania students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. This code is interesting as it directly ties in to codes of ethics adopted by major professional engineering societies.
  • University of Southern California
    Short code of ethics developed by USC in 2004, describing the moral obligations of students, faculty, staff, and administrators of the university.
  • Codes of Ethics collected by CSEP
    A collection of links to university codes of ethics collected by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions.
  • Honor Codes and Academic Policies
    Collection of Honor Codes and Academic Policies of colleges and universities maintained by Clemson University's Center for Academic Integrity.

Recommended Journals

  • Journal of Academic Ethics
    The Journal of Academic Ethics is an interdisciplinary, peer reviewed journal devoted to the examination of ethical issues that arise in all aspects of post-secondary education, primarily within a university context.
  • Journal of Higher Education
    Founded in 1930, The Journal of Higher Education is the leading scholarly journal on the institution of higher education.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
    A weekly publication focusing on news, trends, and emerging issues in higher education. Often covers debates over issues such as intellectual freedom, issues of diversity, research integrity, and debates going on about the role of colleges and universities in society.

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Case Studies

  • Retroactive Grade Inflation
    In order to help their students get jobs in a struggling economy, some law schools have retroactively inflated its students' GPAs. The schools maintain that they are not artificially enhancing students' grades, but merely bringing their students' grades in line with the grades received by students at other law schools.
  • Attractiveness Discrimination in Hiring
    The hiring process for a teaching position at a university has been narrowed down to three candidates. All three candidates had been professional, friendly, and shown strong potential in their research. But while two of the candidates were young and attractive, the third, Darrell did not fall into that social category. In student evaluations, Darrell received lower scores than the other candidates, potentially because of his appearance. Should attractiveness matter in the hiring process?

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