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ERIC Number: ED328169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Ethics in the University.
Pettit, Lawrence K.
The issues of ethics in the university and the role of higher education in society are addressed. Distinctions are made between legal behavior and ethical behavior, and the question of how the university needs to balance the two in order to fulfill its unique role in society while it simultaneously strives to reside and survive within it is discussed. Certain university activities can create problems in ethics, such as economic development activities, intercollegiate athletics, sponsored research, faculty consulting arrangements, and presidential and trustee service on corporate and bank boards. In addition, higher education faces a growing number of new ethical problems simply because of the steady increase in science and technology, raising such issues as the creation of computer viruses, privacy of computer-stored information, and liability for malfunctions in computer programs. How a university governs its own affairs and how its own incentives, traditions, and reward system often inspire unethical behavior are problems for which the university is solely accountable. Such problems arise because universities only use one model of excellence as a standard, that of the major research university. The model frustrates faculty who are not well funded, unreasonably heightens competition, and unnecessarily creates a large, sometimes insatiable, appetite for more funding. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Speech presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academic Affairs Resource Center (1990).