ERIC Number: ED279985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar-16
Reference Count: 0
Decisions of Student Affairs Administrators: Ethical or Legal Basis?
Neely, Margery A.
In higher education, trends in student affairs administration have gone from an "obedience" stage through a "due process" stage and back to a contractual "law and order" stage. Today, being an agent of the institution means paying attention to legal implications because of the threat of lawsuits. The Ethics section from a Council for Advancement of Standards for Student Services/Development 1986 newsletter lists ethical standards covering: (1) confidentiality; (2) the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regarding student records; (3) human subjects research; (4) fair access to services; (5) conflict of interest; (6) handling of funds; (7) sexual harassment; and (8) limits of expertise. While the Family Privacy Act and sexual harassment law are legal regulations, the other standards are also legal issues, seated in regulations, statutes, or case law. It remains to be determined whether adherence to laws and orders that have a liberal orientation is the same as having higher order moral development, whether it is ethical to call legal guidelines "Ethics," and whether Kohlberg's hierarchy of moral development has relevance in an era when exposure to the larger society as the experiential base for developing principled behavior is confounded by exposure to the liberal laws of the larger society. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the American College Personnel Association/National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (Chicago, IL, March 15-18, 1987).