Ethics/Professional Standards

Modified by Department Heads based on recommendation of Faculty Council: May 21, 2012
Approved at convocation: Jan. 10, 2008

Professional Standards/Expectations for the College of Business


This document describes the professional standards and general expectations of the internal constituents of the College of Business at New Mexico State University. These guidelines are for the purpose of setting an ideal for the organizational culture of the College of Business and not as binding legal obligations.

Professional Standards/Expectations of All Faculty, Staff and Students

  • Conduct themselves ethically, honestly, and with integrity in all situations.
  • Make every effort to prevent discrimination and harassment.
  • Treat all faculty, staff, administrators and students with mutual respect.
  • Exercise fair and objective evaluation of all administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
  • Safeguard any confidential information.
  • Use the university’s property, facilities, supplies, and other resources effectively and efficiently.

Professional Standards/Expectations of Faculty Members of the College of Business

Professional Values and Integrity

  • Factually and completely report any conflict of interest they may have in carrying out their job.
  • Follow university guidelines designed to support student involvement in university-sponsored activities.


  • Remain current in their field and share knowledge of the field by applying appropriate innovations in learning theory and pedagogy.
  • Cover pertinent material in their courses.
  • Be accessible and maintain communication with students.
  • Use performance measures that relate to student mastery of course and program objectives.
  • Make expectations and standards for all performance measures clear to students.
  • Provide suitable and timely feedback for all performance measures.
  • Assign grades on all performance measures with care and fairness.
  • Encourage appropriate feedback and display a willingness to make changes when appropriate.
  • Clearly state and enforce expected academic integrity standards.
  • Make a conscious effort to consider social sensitivities in the presentation of classroom materials.


  • Appropriately cite the contributions of co-writers and others in scholarly writing.
  • Honestly represent the findings of scholarly activities.
  • Pursue scholarly activities to a degree sufficient to fulfill their contractual obligations.


  • When possible, participate in meaningful campus and community organizations and endeavors.
  • Make good use of time by efficiently and effectively participating in committee endeavors.
  • Be conscientious, responsible, and knowledgeable in the execution of advising responsibilities.

Professional Standards/Expectations of Administrators

  • Report any conflict of interest in conducting their job to the appropriate authority.
  • Provide leadership in the implementation of strategic directions for the college.
  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to improving the reputation, stature, and resources of the college within the campus, local, state, and broader communities.
  • Make and implement professional decisions in an ethical manner without consideration of personal gain and/or favoritism.
  • Insure transparency and openness of communication in the formulation and implementation of all college policies, procedures, rules, regulations and guidelines.
  • Provide all constituents of the college with a reasonable opportunity for response to all administrative policies and decisions without reprisal.
  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility and reasonable transparency in the management of all college resources.
  • Exercise fair and objective evaluation in decisions related, but not limited, to promotion, dispute resolution, and disciplinary action among faculty, students and staff.
  • Follow through with commitments made to faculty members, students, staff and/or members of the community at large in a responsible and expeditious manner.

Professional Standards/Expectations of Students

  • Behave, write, and speak professionally, respectfully, and courteously at all times.
  • Be respectful of university property and not engage in its destruction or misuse.
  • Complete all assignments and exams to include proper citations with academic honesty in accordance with professors’ instructions.
  • Honor the policies set for each class with respect to attendance, assignments, dress codes, and use of electronic devices.
  • Conduct all university-related electronic correspondence with respect for the recipients.
  • Respect the intellectual property of other people, including appropriate use of copyrighted material.
  • Follow the Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics found on the website of the Computer Ethics Institute.