Standard I – Commitment to the Student

The members measure their success by the progress of each student toward realization of his (or her) potential as a worthy and effective citizen. The members, therefore, work to stimulate the spirit of inquiry, the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, and the thoughtful formulation of worthy goals.

In fulfilling their obligation to the student, the members:

1. Shall permit the student independent action in his pursuit of learning, and shall not without just cause deny the student access of varying points of view.
2. Shall submit the matter for which they bear responsibility without suppression or distortion.
3. Shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning to health and safety and shall not procure, distribute, or in any way make available any of the substances recognized as harmful to learning or to health and safety of the students, or to advocate the use of any such substances.
4. Shall conduct business in such a way that does not expose the student to unnecessary embarrassment or disparagement.
5. Shall not exclude any student on the ground of race, color, creed or national origin, sex, or religious preference from participating in or deny him (or her) benefits under any program, nor grant any discriminatory consideration or advantage.

6. Shall refrain from using professional relationships with students for personal or private advantage.
7. Shall keep in confidence information that has been obtained in the course of professional service.
8. Shall not knowingly interfere with the Constitutional rights of students.

Standard II – Commitment to the Public

The members believe that patriotism in it’s highest form requires dedication to the principles of democratic heritage (as illustrated by DEMOCRACY AND QUALITY EDUCATION). They share with all the responsibility for the development of sound public policy and assume full political and citizenship responsibilities. The members bear particular responsibility for the development of policy relating to the extension of the educational opportunities for all and for interpreting programs and policies to the public.

In fulfilling their obligation to the public, the members:

1. Shall take adequate precautions not to distort the facts concerning educational matters.
2. Shall not interfere in recognizing a college’s exercise of citizenship, rights, and responsibilities.
3. Shall not use membership to promote partisan political activities.
4. Shall accept no favors that might impair professional service.

Standard III – Commitment to the Profession

The members believe that the quality of services of the education profession directly influences the world, the nation, and it’s citizens. They, therefore, exert every effort to raise professional standard’s, to improve their service, to promote a climate in which the exercise of professional judgment is encouraged, and to achieve conditions which attract persons worthy of trust and careers in education.

In fulfilling their obligation to the professions, the members:

1. Shall not discriminate on the ground of race, color, creed, or national origin, nor interfere with the free participation of colleagues in the affairs of their institutions.
2. Shall accord just and equitable treatment to all associates of the professions in the exercise of their professional rights and responsibilities.
3. Shall use no coercive means or promise special treatment in order to influence professional decisions of colleagues.
4. Shall withhold and safeguard information acquired about colleagues in the course of employment
5. Shall provide upon request of the aggrieved party a written statement of specific reasons for recommendations that lead to significant changes in employment.
6. Shall present professional qualifications accurately, truthfully and completely.
7. Shall present evaluations of colleagues based on facts.
8. Shall not engage in conduct, which is offensive to the ordinary dignity, decency, and morality of humankind.

Standard IV – Commitment to the Professional Employment Practices

The members regard the employment agreement as a pledge to be executed both in spirit and in fact a manner consistent with the higher ideals of professional service. They believe that sound professional personal relationships are built on personal integrity, dignity, and mutual respect. The members discourage unqualified candidates.

In fulfilling their obligations to Professional Employment Practices, the members:

1. Shall offer a position or responsibility on the basis of professional preparation and legal qualifications.
2. Shall refrain from commenting adversely about candidates.
3. Shall present only factual information regarding the assignment or conditions of employment of an applicant.
4. Shall give prompt notice of any change in service.
5. Shall adhere to the terms of a contract of appointment, unless these terms have been legally terminated, falsely represented, or substantially altered by unilateral action.
6. Shall conduct professional business through channels, when available.
7. Shall not delegate assigned tasks to unqualified personnel.
8. Shall permit no commercial exploitation of the profession.

Standard V – The Competent Members

1. Assess student achievement and ability.
2. Prescribe accepted procedures, which result in desirable learning.
3. Provide a positive environment for learning.
4. Adhere to the generally accepted school practices.
5. Operate within the educational philosophy.

Standard VI – Things we can do to help our Schools, Colleges, and Universities.

1. We need to have a better understanding of the significance of higher education as an integral component of UAC.
2. We need to have a better understanding of the present difficulties that confront UAC.
3. We need to have a better understanding of the purposes of UAC in our present culture.
4. We need to have a better understanding of the nature and extent of financial support necessary to provide higher education of acceptable quality.
5. We need to have a better understanding of the vital relationship among the schools, colleges and seminaries and a clearer understanding of the areas of control and lines of responsibility.
6. We need to have a better understanding of our part in the improvement and strengthening of these institutions.