What should you do if you have an ethical query or concern?
It would be impossible to devise a single set of rules that could be used to resolve every ethical dilemma. That said, each of us has a personal responsibility to ensure that our conduct is in line with the Ethics Code, and sets an exemplary standard of conduct that would be considered best practice within the Higher Education sector. The Ethics Code should guide the exercise of judgement in individual cases.
You should follow the three simple steps to identify and resolve the ethical implications of individual decisions and actions:
Consider whether what you plan to do is compatible with the principles in the Ethics Code.
Ask yourself how you would explain your actions if you had to justify them to close friends and family, or if they were on the front page of a newspaper. What would be the impact on your reputation, or that of the School? How would you feel about asking someone else to do what you are proposing to do?
Seek advice from an appropriate person, such as a colleague or line manager.
If you need advice on the possible ethical implications of a decision and/or are unclear whether or not you should proceed having taken the steps above, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.
If you have a query or issue relating to a grant or donation, you should consult ODAR or the Research Division a starting point and refer to the School'sProcedures for the Ethical Screening of Grants and Donations.
Click here for a diagram of the School's ethics decision-making framework.