The Ethics Code is a set of six core principles underpinning life at the LSE. All members of the LSE community, including students, staff and governors, are expected to behave in line with the following principles:
Responsibility and Accountability: To uphold our commitment responsibility and accountability, we will:
Embed the principle of individual responsibility at every level of the School's management and governance structures.
Raise concerns relating to ethical matters as they arise.
Integrity: To uphold our commitment to integrity, we will:
Be honest and truthful.
Act in accordance with all relevant legislation and statutory requirements.
Declare interests and manage appropriately possible conflicts.
Be transparent and consistent in our decision making.
Maintain our independence in engaging with outside parties.
Conduct fundraising activities in line with the principles set out in the Ethics Code.
Intellectual Freedom: In order to uphold our commitment to intellectual freedom, we will:
Protect individuals' freedom of expression.
Uphold the freedom to research and convey research findings.
Equality of Respect and Opportunity: In order to uphold our commitment to equality of respect and opportunity, we will treat all people with equal dignity and respect and ensure that no person will be treated less favourably because of her/his role at the School, age, disability, gender (including gender reassignment), race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation social and economic background.
Collegiality: In order to uphold our commitment to collegiality, we will promote within the School an inclusive and participatory working and social environment in which we encourage, support and behave appropriately to one another.
Sustainability: In order to uphold our commitment to sustainability, we will minimise any negative impact we may have on the natural and built environment by effectively managing our resources.
The Code will be accompanied by a set of ethical guidelines that aim to show how each principle should apply in practice.
The School's Research Ethics Policy is available on the Policies and Procedures site. For further information on research ethics, and guidance on ethical considerations regarding research projects, see the dedicated pages on the Research Division webpages.