The Importance Of The Ethics Code Of Conduct

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A school generally has several rules about behavior, dress code, homework, and more. Existing guidelines already exist for students and staff to follow; failure to do so can result in detention, suspension, or expulsion. However, adding an Ethics Code of Conduct is very similar to the pre-existing rules, with occasional exceptions as some issues can be seen differently from unique perspectives. Nonetheless, I would sign the Ethics Code of Conduct, if it were to be implemented, for several reasons. One, it states and protects the rights, whatever they may be, of the people of the school. Each person has the same rights as others, so there is no discretion against race, gender, religion, and age. Two, it would offer the means to solutions…show more content…
Of course, an ethics code needs defining factors. Defining the ethics accurately and to the utmost clarity is vital, and the most important are first. These ethics should take into account the majority, if not all, of the student’s human rights, beliefs, and morals; if the ethics code offends any person’s most basic rights, it wouldn’t be an ethics code. After taking into consideration the basic values of those subjected, the ordering and importance of each rule is next. Since this is a school, I believe the following are the three most crucial to a school’s ethics code; freedom to share and be open to ideas, respect for rules and guidelines set by the school or district, and academic honesty and representation. Freedom can define many things and can represent multiple values. For instance, the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom of petition are all guaranteed rights of the United States of America. Likewise, the freedom to share ideas and be open to them are just as important at school. Without the guarantee that sharing a concept is not forbidden, the progress of our society would certainly not be where it…show more content…
Lastly, academic honesty and representation are key. Producing your own work and acting as a good example for others benefits both the school’s reputation and yours. Plagiarism, taking someone else’s work and passing it off as your own, doesn’t help anything; while it might solve a short-term problem, a larger dilemma is sure to follow. Taking someone’s work is ethically wrong because the creator thought up of the ideas, expressed those ideas, and should benefit from those ideas. Simply using another’s work only shows how incompetent, disrespectful, greedy, and unprepared one can be. Producing your own work, but passing it off to another for his or her own needs is also wrong; all work should be produced and credited to their original creators. No one is given an advantage, and everyone has the same opportunities to finish their work. Using someone else’s work just announces laziness and disrespect to others. Being academically honest helps gain support and transforms one into an example in the eyes of others. It boosts reputation, earns respect, and frankly, brings self-satisfaction. Nothing is more rewarding than handing in a project or finishing an important essay that you, and you
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