Professional Integrity

Functional Description

Ability to carry out professional activities in an honest, professional and ethical manner. To engender a climate of trust and fairness in all dealings with students and colleagues within and outside the institution.

Content knowledge requirements: Understanding of AACRAO’s Statement of Ethics and Practice, applicable state and federal laws, and institutional policies governing responsibilities within the institution.

Skill requirements: Ability to identify a decision-making construct or process to guide ethical decisions; ability to balance institutional policy, practices and resources with appropriate and fact- and data-driven decisions; willingness to recognize how personal values and beliefs may influence a decision and check those decisions with colleagues and peers when appropriate.

Ethical requirements: Ability to recognize the conflict between personal interests, values, and beliefs and professional responsibilities. Commitment to being truthful when sharing information and advice with staff, peers, and colleagues, both within and external to the institution.

Expertise Levels

Entry level: Has a basic understanding of institutional policies, procedures, and resources; state and federal law; and professional standards. Knows how to locate and use available resources to find answers. Willingness to seek out and rely on the expertise of others both to improve decision-making and as a means of expanding expertise.

Intermediate level: Comfortable answering questions and serving as a resource to others concerning institutional policy and government regulations. Recognizes when to seek the advice and guidance of others. In work with legal counsel, is able to summarize relevant facts and discuss the legal and ethical issues involved in developing a response.

Expert level: Possess a thorough understanding of institutional policies and procedures, state and federal laws, and professional standards as they relate to one’s own institution or state, as well as to other institutions and states. Ability to differentiate between what is legal and illegal and between what is ethical and unethical. Serve as an expert and resource for students and colleagues.