Code of Professional Ethics
The Code of Ethics contained herein shall be considered as principles of ethics. These principles are intended to aid employees individually and collectively in maintaining a high level of professional conduct to which they commit themselves into faithful observance while they remain employees of the University.
Principle I: Commitment to Students
In fulfilling obligations to the students, the employees shall:
- Strive to assist the students in realizing their potentials in order to become effective and productive members of the society;
- Provide the students the environment conducive to the stimulation of an inquiring mind, the acquisition of knowledge, the development of sound human values, and the application of learning;
- Provide the students the freedom to learn as they carry out the mission to teach in the best light possible under the circumstances and shall guarantee the students’ rights to be independent in their pursuit of high quality education;
- Treat students as their own children and instill in them the necessary and proper discipline to cultivate a sound mind and a healthy body, as they pursue truth and excellence in their chosen vocation; and
- Strive to be the best teachers, members of the support services, and the administrative staff with Christ as their model.
Principle II: Commitment to the Profession and Society
In fulfilling obligations to the profession and to society, the employees shall:
- Continuously strive to upgrade their competencies in their respective areas of work and specialization through constant and diligent study;
- Endeavor to improve the delivery of their services to the students by utilizing efficient work strategies;
- Strive to maintain good moral standing and exemplary SDA behavior in the academic community; and
- Accept no gratuities, gifts, or favors that might impair professional judgment, or offer any favor, service, or thing of value to obtain special advantage.
Principle III: Commitment to AUP
In fulfilling their obligations to AUP, the employees shall:
- Strive continually to carry out the mission and vision of AUP;
- Uphold the policies, rules, and regulations of the university and shall participate in the appropriate programs when required by the university to help realize its objectives;
- Strive to be true to themselves, to their colleagues, to their clients, to the university, to the country, and most of all, to God;
- Devote fully the work hours to the assigned tasks and shall not use the employer’s time for personal interests and will not enter into other employment or activities which shall impair their work performance;
- Not engage in theft or embezzlement of any kind including the misuse of expense accounts, falsification of time reports, or the misapplication of resources for which they are responsible for; and
- Not participate in the use of gifts, payments, or honoraria as incentives or rewards for a particular course of action and refrain from offering gifts, favor, payments, or other forms of reward directly or indirectly in exchange for a specific gain or action.
Principle IV: Commitment to the SDA Church and its Members
In fulfilling obligations to the SDA church, the employees shall:
- Be responsible for upholding the standards of the SDA church to the communities in which they work and live, much more to the world community. They must support good works and charities and promote civic improvements, a better quality of life, security, health and education for all;
- Be responsible in helping fellow church members through their expertise;
- Treat every individual with dignity and respect; have his or her role and contribution valued and affirmed; function in a safe working environment; experience an atmosphere of challenge, open communication, and contentment;
- Value the trust placed in them by colleagues and by the world SDA church membership. Value honesty, integrity, and courage as the foundation of all actions;
- Live in a manner consistent with the beliefs and values of the church, and uphold in word and in conduct the teachings and principles held and advanced by the SDA church; and
- Refrain from any behavior that would be judged to be disrespectful, harassing, discriminatory, insensitive, or offensive and, are thus, in conflict with the teachings of the church in valuing each individual’s integrity, rights, and his opportunity to grow spiritually, socially, mentally, and physically.