Code of Ethics of EuroAcademy

THE CODE OF ETHICS OF THE MEMBERS OF EUROACADEMY

The Code of Ethics of the members of EuroAcademy (hereinafter the code of ethics) shall be established pursuant to the statutes of EuroAcademy, the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia and the Code of Ethics of Estonian Scientists.

I. GENERAL PROVISIONS
1. The members of EuroAcademy include lecturers, students and employees.
2. The Code of Ethics is based on the value norms and principles as well as good practices establishing the moral behaviour of the members of EuroAcademy and their responsibilities to the university, society, social and natural environment.
3. EuroAcademy is autonomous in its activities within the limits of the law.
4. In their activities, the members of EuroAcademy adhere to good communicative, educational and research practices.
5. The members of EuroAcademy attempt to ensure that the society values education and research.
6. The members of EuroAcademy are obliged to contribute to the implementation of knowledge and research for the benefit of the society and the assurance of sustainable development.
7. The members of EuroAcademy are obliged to protect the freedom of scientific thought and the education and world view thereof.
8. Maintaining their critical mind and healthy scepticism, the lecturers and students are obliged to help to shape evidence-based opinions and withstand the use of unproven results and unscientific statements in education.
9. The lecturers are obliged to prepare young intellectuals. It is not restricted to mere provision and development of the skills and knowledge needed for research, but includes also setting a moral example in their attitude to education, knowledge and society.
10. The members of EuroAcademy are morally responsible for their activities that might have a considerable influence on the development of the entire society, environment, state or institutions, including that of the higher education institution.
11. No one may be discriminated against on the basis of nationality, race, colour, sex, language, origin, religion, political or other views, property or social status, or on other grounds.

II. EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
12. In the development and implementation of their educational and research work, the lecturers adhere to the highest professional standards.
13. In all the stages of instruction and research, the lecturer must remain honest, avoid any fraud such as the fabrication of data, theft of intellectual property and plagiarism, the sabotage of the work of other researchers, disregard of the rules of confidentiality as a supervisor or reviewer, and explain the given principles also to their students.
14. The lecturer must adhere to the principle that instruction and research form a continuous and systematic interconnected process. He must remain critical of his research results and be also prepared for re-evaluating his earlier position in the light of new data.
15. The lecturer is obliged to ensure that the intellectual property resulting from his work is adequately protected.
16. It is the responsibility of the lecturer as a scientist and a promoter of development to ensure whenever possible that the results of his research are used in instruction and for the benefit of the society and environment.
17. The lecturer is obliged to encourage students to participate in research explaining its peculiarities and tradition.
18. Scientific research and educational programmes related to studying people must not conflict with human dignity and the basic human rights.

III. THE COLLEGIAL RELATIONS BETWEEN LECTURERS AND STUDENTS
19. The lecturer
19.1. The lecturer is a key person in the educational process with his activity primarily directed at the students who form the core of the educational process.
19.2. The lecturers and students are equal partners in the learning process.
19.3. The lecturer is obliged to pay attention to the establishment of a creative environment with a tolerant attitude to his colleagues and students applauding their achievements.
19.4. The lecturer values highly the competence and professionalism of the students and colleagues in the educational and research process.
19.5. The lecturer’s attitude to the students is both demanding and supportive.
19.6. In their criticism, discussion and polemics, the lecturers and students adhered to the principle of equality and the reliability of facts.
19.7. The lecturers and students must not interpret situations arbitrarily or for the purpose of personal gain.
20. The students
20.1. The students retain a respectful attitude to EuroAcademy and lecturers.
20.2. The students remain honest in their learning process.
20.3. The students consider studying as their priority.
20.4. The students may question the competence and teaching methods of the lecturer only on the basis of reasoned evidence.
20.5. In completing any academic course, the students are obliged to meet the requirements of the curriculum and syllabus as well as the requirements set by the lecturer.
20.6. The students have the right to make reasoned suggestions regarding the subjects and the form and content of the instruction.

IV. THE ETHICS OF THE LECTURER
21. The lecturer as an instructor and as a student
21.1. The lecturer has a respectful attitude to his teachers and his students.
21.2. The lecturer enhances the students’ independent work, supports their independent and critical thinking, and also respects their’ freedom of opinion.
21.3. The lecturer does not hinder the students’ communication with other lecturers, researchers or academic institutions.
21.4. The lecturer assesses the students objectively, avoiding disparagement and biased criticism.
21.5. As a reviewer or opponent of student works or as an assessor of their knowledge, the lecturer must remain objective and unbiased and give equal treatment to all students.
21.6. As a leader and supervisor, the lecturer implements a democratic leadership style.
22. The lecturer as an expert
22.1. The lecturer acts as an expert only within the limits of his professional competence.
22.2. The lecturer provides his review in an honest, unbiased and responsible manner.
22.3. As a supervisor and reviewer in the instruction, the lecturer adheres to the principles of equal treatment. Any discrimination on the basis of race, nationality, politics or gender is unacceptable.
22.4. In the appointment of academic positions, the lecturer must assess the candidates objectively. He must not give any subjective preference to his own students, the representatives of a particular school or any other person close to him.

V. THE LECTURER, STUDENT AND SOCIETY
23. The lecturer values the creation, acquisition and implementation of new knowledge in the learning process for the benefit of society and environment.
24. The information presented to the students must be reliable, the lecturer must avoid the presentation of unfounded data as facts.
25. The lecturer is obliged to promote and use research results, continuously update his lecture notes and withstand the spread of pseudoscientific theories, misconceptions and delusions.
26. The student is an active member of EuroAcademy and the society using the acquired knowledge in his learning and creative process and also at work.
27. The lecturers and students uphold the reputation of EuroAcademy in the society.

VI. FINAL PROVISIONS AND LIABILITIES
28. The implementation of the code of ethics is supervised by the Rector.
29. In case of the violation of the ethical norms and the rights of the members of EuroAcademy, the decision-making bodies have the right to make respective suggestions for discussing the given issue or to appoint a select committee.
30. The code of ethics of the members of EuroAcademy approved by the EuroAcademy Council decision on 31 August 2012 shall be repealed.
31. The code of ethics of the members of EuroAcademy has been approved by the EuroAcademy Senate decision on 30 August 2016 and it shall take effect on 1 September 2016.