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Graduate Studies Calendar 2013-2014 Academic Regulations N. Statement on Principles of Conduct
N. Statement on Principles of Conduct
N.1 Preamble

This statement applies to all members of the University community – including students, faculty, administrators, any category of staff, practicum supervisors, examiners, and volunteers. This statement applies in all situations where the persons are acting in their University capacities, whether or not on the University’s property. It also applies to visitors or any other persons on University property, and to persons with whom the University contracts for services.

All members of the University community have a responsibility to familiarize themselves with this Statement on Principles of Conduct and to conduct themselves accordingly.

The University of Calgary community has undertaken to be guided by the following statements of purpose and values:

  • to promote free inquiry and debate
  • to act as a community of scholars
  • to lead and inspire societal development
  • to respect, appreciate, and encourage diversity
  • to display care and concern for community

The University seeks to create and maintain a positive and productive learning and working environment, that is, an environment in which there is:

  • respect for the dignity of all persons
  • fair and equitable treatment of individuals in our diverse community
  • personal integrity and trustworthiness
  • respect for academic freedom
  • respect for personal and University property

Those persons appointed by the University to positions of leadership and authority have particular responsibility, not only for their own conduct, but also for ensuring, to the extent of their authority and ability:

  1. that a positive and productive learning and working environment is created and maintained
  2. that conflicts and concerns are addressed in a positive, timely, reasonable, and effective manner
  3. that persons within their jurisdiction are informed of their rights and responsibilities with respect to conduct

The University undertakes to ensure that its policies, systems, processes, and day-to-day operations foster the goals in #1 and #2 above.

The University encourages and undertakes to support all members of the University community in resolving conflicts and concerns in a positive, timely, reasonable, and effective manner.

The University undertakes to ensure that the protection afforded by the principles of natural justice is extended to all members of the University community.

The University undertakes to provide resources through various offices to generate awareness related to this Statement on Principles of Conduct throughout the University community and to assist in resolving conflict in a positive way.

(Note: The principles of natural justice reflect a concept that ensures fair play. The specific requirements of natural justice will often vary depending on the circumstances but are generally considered to ensure a full and fair consideration of the issue, including consideration in the absence of bias.)