The professional conduct and expectations of Concordia University’s instructional staff shall uphold the
mission statement of the university. This shall be expected in relationships to the profession, to the
students, to colleagues, and to the institution.
A. Relationships to the profession
1. Develop and improve competence in teaching and scholarly mastery of one’s discipline.
2. Engage in one’s professional organizations; growing in knowledge of the discipline and/or
enhance one’s teaching skills.
3. Demonstrate the interrelationships of one’s own discipline to other disciplines, thereby promoting
a true liberal arts education for one’s students.
4. Practice intellectual honesty in respect to one’s discipline and recognizing the values of the
disciplines taught by others.
5. Review, revise, and update one’s teaching materials and methods on a regular basis.
B. Relationships to students
1. Meet assigned classes promptly and regularly.
2. Provide timely and just appraisal of students’ work and recognizes the right of students to review
their work and grades.
3. Is available to students for course work assistance and other types of advising as requested by the
4. Protects the students’ right of academic freedom.
5. Treats in confidence the student’s, weaknesses, needs, and failures, and reveals them only in a
professional manner when necessary for the welfare of the student or the institution.
2.40:2 Personal Conduct
C. Relationships to Colleagues
1. Provides support, encouragement and constructive criticism of colleagues and the institution in a
professional, and if necessary, confidential manner. Also promotes mutual trust and
consideration among faculty, and defends colleagues under unjust attack.
2. Supports each faculty member’s right to academic freedom and demonstrates respect for
each faculty member’s opinions and discipline.
3. Secures permission and gives credit for using the findings of colleagues.
D. Relationships to the institution
1. Assists the administration as time and ability permit.
2. May serve on committees/boards outside the university, but may not speak in an official capacity
on behalf of the university. This authority is the responsibility of the President’s Cabinet and/or
the President and/or the Board of Regents.
3. Recognizes the primary responsibility of fulfilling institutional assignments and carefully controls
the amount and character of work outside the university.
Last modified: March 15, 2018