Inside Higher Ed
February 24th, 2015
Is a professor sending out a late recommendation letter for a student
as bad as one who commits academic misconduct or, say, sexually
harasses a colleague? And shouldn’t staff and administrators be held to
the same ethical standards as faculty members? Professors at Yale
University are asking those questions, among others, and generally
scratching their heads at what they say is a “curious” and “confusing”
proposed faculty conduct code threatening undefined sanctions for a
mishmash of transgressions.
Faculty members who are critical of the document also say it seems
like it’s being ramrodded through an appointed committee just weeks
ahead of the formation of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ first-ever
The university, meanwhile, says the document is an attempt to centralize its various policies regarding faculty conduct.