Respect for the Integrity of the Academic Process

The rights and responsibilities that accompany academic freedom are at the heart of the intellectual purposes of the College. Our conduct as community members should protect and promote the College’s pursuit of its academic mission. We are all, therefore, expected to conduct ourselves with integrity in our learning, teaching, and research, and in the ways in which we manage and support those endeavors.


Individual Integrity

In order to ensure that the College can dedicate itself fully to its academic and educational vision, it is expected that an individual’s personal integrity will be reflected not only in honest and responsible actions, but also in a willingness to offer direction to others whose actions may be harmful to themselves or the community. The College expects that members of the Great Lakes community will be truthful and forthright. The College also expects that community members will not engage in behavior that endangers their own sustained effectiveness or that has serious ramifications for their own or others’ safety, welfare, academic well-being or professional obligations.  


Respect for the Freedoms and Privileges of Others

We strive for a sense of community in which the individual growth of all members is advanced through the cultivation of mutual respect, tolerance and understanding. Great Lakes College values and encourages individuality while also affirming the need to maintain a climate in which the activities of academic and community life may be freely pursued. A socially responsible community provides a structure within which individual freedoms may flourish without threatening the privileges or freedoms of other individuals or groups.  


Statement of Non-Discrimination

Great Lakes College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or any other category protected by applicable law, in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other school-administered programs. The College is committed to honest, open and equitable engagement with racial, religious, gender, ethnic, sexual orientation and other differences. The College seeks to promote an environment that in its diversity is integral to the academic, educational and community purposes of the institution.  


We respect Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression and Inquiry

Great Lakes College affirms that academic freedom is essential to the function of education and to the pursuit of scholarship in universities and, mindful of its historic commitment to scholarship and to the free exchange of ideas, affirms that members of the community shall enjoy full freedom in their teaching, learning, and research. This includes freedom of religious belief, of speech, of press, of association and assembly, of political activity inside and outside the College, the right to petition the authorities, public and College, to invite speakers of their choice to the campus, and that students and faculty members as such should not be required to take any oath not required of other citizens. The time, place, and manner of exercising these rights on the campus shall be subject to reasonable regulation only to prevent interference with the normal functions of the College.


We Maintain the Confidentiality and Privacy of Information

As a member of the Great Lakes College community, you receive and produce various types of confidential, proprietary and private information on behalf of the College. Access to confidential information should be limited to those who require it to discharge their duties. When you receive confidential information you have a responsibility to maintain and safeguard this information and use it with consideration and ethical regard for others. You must not divulge non-public information regarding the College to an outside party, or to those within the College, except for legitimate business, research or academic purposes. You will not directly exchange with another institution College information that includes prospective tuition, financial aid or salary plans. Circumventing or attempting to circumvent restrictions on the use and dissemination of confidential information is considered a serious offense. Your obligations regarding confidential information continue after your relationship with the College ends. It is imperative that you comply with all laws, third-party agreements and College policies and principles pertaining to the use, protection and disclosure of confidential information. Some departments, based upon the nature of their responsibilities, have established stricter standards for confidentiality. In these cases, the stricter departmental standards will apply.  


Computing Resources

The computing resources at Great Lakes College support its educational, instructional, research and administrative activities. Use of these computing resources is a privilege that is extended to you as a member of the Great Lakes community. Your use of these services and facilities may allow you to have access to valuable College resources, to sensitive data and to internal and external networks. Consequently, it is important for you to behave in a responsible, ethical and legal manner.  


We Avoid or Disclose Conflict of Interest and Commitment

All decisions and actions taken by you, as a member of the Great Lakes community, in the conduct of College business, will be made in a manner that promotes the best interests of Great Lakes College. You have an obligation to address both the substance and the appearance of conflicts of interest and commitment and, if they arise, to disclose them to the appropriate College representative and withdraw from debate, voting, or other decision-making processes where a conflict of interest exists or might arise.  


Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest may take many forms but arises when you, as a member of the Great Lakes community, might be able to use the authority of your Great Lakes position to:
  • Influence the College’s business decisions in ways to give improper advantage or financial benefit to yourself, a family member or associate, or;
  • Obtain for yourself, a family member, or an associate a financial benefit beyond the compensation you are authorized to receive for performing your College responsibilities.


Conflict of Commitment

A conflict of commitment occurs when a commitment to activities outside of your College responsibilities interferes with your capacity to meet your College responsibilities. It is recognized that some of your outside service and professional responsibilities can and do benefit Great Lakes. If you are a Corporation member, your outside responsibilities do not ordinarily pose conflicts of commitment because your service to the College is uncompensated. As a member of the Great Lakes community, you must disclose any outside activity that is, or may be perceived to be, a conflict of commitment so that these activities can be managed properly.


We Respect College Resources

As members of the Great Lakes College community, we respect and conserve the general resources and physical property of the College. Such resources are assets in which community members have a vested interest, as these resources specifically support the College’s mission. College resources include, but are not limited to College equipment, communications systems and solutions; technology; software and service licensing; procurement tools; and databases containing personal information. It also includes the time and effort of employees, students and others at Great Lakes; and those resources purchased/paid with College funds, including funds received by Great Lakes through government or other external funding sources. College resources are reserved for business purpose use on behalf of the College. The use of College resources for personal gain or advantage, or for the benefit or gain of any other individual or outside entity (including organizations in which you have a vested interest) is strictly prohibited. You may not use the College name and/or visual identity (logos and associated word marks), other than in the context of your Great Lakes responsibilities. Any personal use of College resources must be in accordance with published limitations; should not incur any additional expense to the College; should not interfere with an employee’s obligation to carry out College duties in a timely and effective manner; must in no way undermine official College business; must not involve activities that are unlawful or inappropriate; and should never be used in a way that seems to connote Great Lakes College sponsorship of personal ventures.  


We Treat Each Other with Respect

Great Lakes College is an institution dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and facilitation of an environment that fosters this goal. Central to this institutional commitment is the principle of treating each community member fairly and with respect. The College prohibits discrimination and harassment and provides equal opportunities for all community members and applicants. We, as members of the Great Lakes College community, share a commitment to performing our duties in accordance with the highest standards of ethics and in compliance with College policies and all applicable laws and regulations.


We Comply with the Law

Great Lakes College is committed to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct. This means, we conduct business on behalf of the College adhering to these standards in the performance of our duties. It is the responsibility of each individual – whether a faculty or staff member, student employee or volunteer acting on behalf of the College – to comply with legal and regulatory requirements, policies and procedures that apply to an individual’s particular duties. If you are a manager or supervisor, you are also responsible for teaching and monitoring compliance. If you have a question pertaining to interpretation or applicability of a policy, you can contact the individual who has oversight of, or responsibility for, the policy. If you are a senior officer of the College, you may consult, as needed, with the Office of General Counsel regarding unresolved questions and/or interpretation of laws and regulations.


Contractual Obligations

Accepting an agreement or contract, including sponsored project funding, may create a legal obligation on the part of Great Lakes College. We must comply with the terms and conditions of the agreement as well as applicable laws and regulations. Therefore, only if you have authority delegated by an appropriate College official can you enter into agreements or contracts on behalf of the College; otherwise, you cannot sign an agreement.


Environmental Health and Safety, including Workplace Health and Safety

Members of the College community have a shared responsibility to ensure a safe workplace and to protect the health and safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. This means you adhere to good health and safety policies and practices; comply with all environmental health and safety laws, regulations and related College policies; attend required training; and report unsafe conditions, equipment, or practices to College officials.  


Non-College Professional Standards

Some professions and disciplines represented at the College are governed by standards and codes specific to their profession (such as attorneys, certified public accountants and medical doctors). These professional standards generally advance the quality of the profession and/or discipline by developing codes of ethics, conduct and professional responsibility and standards to guide their members. If you belong to such organizations, you are expected to adhere to College policies and this Code of Conduct, in addition to any professional standards. If you believe there is a conflict between a professional standard and College policy, you should discuss the concern with your supervisor.  


Academic Policies

Academic policies are located in the Academic Code, and Code of Student Conduct; Graduate Academic Code and Student Conduct Code; as well as the Handbook of Academic of Administration.