Earlham College Code of Ethics
Earlham College

SAGE Code of Ethics

This final draft of the proposed SAGE Code of Ethics was distributed for comment in February by the SAGE Executive. It is the outgrowth of an effort to update the current code of ethics adopted by SAGE. It is also the standard under which we operate as system and network administrators at Earlham College. This code of ethics, the ECS Policies, and the community Principles and Practices document inform our operations.

1. Fair Treatment

I will treat everyone fairly. I will not let non-business related issues affect my professional conduct.

2. Privacy

I will access private information on computer systems only when it is necessary in the course of my duties. I will maintain and protect the confidentiality of any information to which I may have access regardless of the method by which I came into knowledge of it.

3. Law and Policies

It is my obligation to know all relevant laws and policies regarding the performance of my duties.

4. Communication

I will communicate with my management and users about computer matters of mutual interest. I will strive to listen to and understand the needs of both users and management.

5. System Integrity

I will strive to ensure the appropriate integrity, reliability, and availability of the systems for which I am responsible.

6. Responsibility to Computing Community

I will cooperate with the larger computing community to maintain the integrity of network and computing resources.

7. Personal Integrity

I will be honest in my professional dealings. When my advice is sought, I will avoid (or, if appropriate, declare) conflicts of interest and relevant biases. I will recuse myself if necessary. I will be honest about both my competence and the impact of my mistakes. I will seek assistance from others when appropriate.

8. Education

I will continue to update and enhance my technical knowledge and other work-related skills in appropriate ways. I will share my knowledge and experience with others.

9. Social Responsibility

As an informed professional, I will encourage the writing and adoption of relevant policies and laws consistent with these ethical principles.

10. Ethical Responsibility

  • I will strive to achieve and maintain a safe, healthy, and productive workplace.
  • I will do my best to make decisions consistent with the safety, privacy, and well-being of my community and the public, and to disclose promptly factors that might pose unexamined risks or dangers.
  • I will lead by example, maintaining a high ethical standard and degree of professionalism in the performance of all my duties. I will support colleagues and co-workers in following this code of ethics.
  • I will accept and offer honest criticism of technical work as appropriate and will credit properly the contributions of others.

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