I. General Information
II. Faculty and Professional
III. UB Academic Policies
IV. UB Personnel Policies
V. SUNY: General Information
II. Faculty and Professional Staff Governance
II.A. Bylaws of the Voting
II.B. Charter of the Faculty Senate
II.C. Standing Orders of the Faculty
II.D. Constitution of the Professional
II.E. Bylaws of the Professional Staff
II.F. Code of Ethics for the
II.G. Charter and Bylaws of the Graduate
II.A. Bylaws of the Voting Faculty
II.B. Charter of the Faculty Senate
II.C. Standing Orders of the
II.D. Constitution of the
Professional Staff Senate
II.E. Bylaws of the Professional
II.F. Code of Ethics for the
Approved by the Professional Staff Senate, June
The Professional Staff
The members of the professional staff recognize their special
responsibilities for the administrative, planning, support, and technical
functions at the University at Buffalo. These responsibilities derive from
their roles as professionals with special knowledge or skills and as public
servants affiliated with a public university.
Serving the University
The professional staff should be committed to the purposes of a university
and, in particular, to those of the University at Buffalo: to search for new
knowledge; to teach; to serve society; and to engage in creative expression.
They must assure that the freedom of inquiry and access to knowledge
necessary for realizing these purposes are preserved. At the same time,
professional staff members are expected to protect the confidentiality of
certain information and to facilitate the appropriate communication and
dissemination of other information, such as that related to members of the
university community; university operations and procedures; and the
university's policies, plans, and records.
Fostering the University
The members of the professional staff should promote a keen sense of
university community based on shared institutional purposes and values. While
recognizing differences in competencies and specializations among themselves,
they should acknowledge the interdependence of their roles. Their unique
professional concern ought to be the integrity of the institution.
The members of the professional staff must also recognize the rights of each
member of the university community. They should respect the individuality of
all members of the university community, with their differences in age, race,
ethnicity, religion, sexual preference, or handicap.
Professional staff members should contribute to an atmosphere where people
are accepted equally and treated honestly.
Standards of Performance
Professional staff members should pursue the highest standards of
professional performance and conduct, including those promulgated by their
own professional associations. They should seek to improve their knowledge
and skills by active participation in their particular professional
associations and in continuing education programs and by reading the current
literature. They should encourage and actively assist other members of the
university community who are interested in academic or professional
Members of the professional staff must fulfill the full range of their
professional responsibilities; they should be neither minimalist nor
legalistic in narrowly defining their roles.
Responsibilities of the Professional Staff
Professional staff members should be consistently responsible to their
clientele and to the various publics whom they may serve or represent. They
must be honest and accountable in their professional activities. They should
understand, interpret for others, and carry out the policies of the SUNY
Board of Trustees, the University at Buffalo's institutional policies and
procedures, and various labor contracts and agreements. They should be
efficient and accountable in their allocation and use of university
resources, while being responsive to changing but agreed-upon institutional
As members of the university community, professionals must accept their share
of responsibility for institutional governance. Although they should be
dedicated to the university, they are expected to speak as the "loyal
opposition" when the greater good of the institution, the public, or
their constituents requires it.
As public servants, professionals at the University at Buffalo should
recognize the obligations of SUNY to serve the people of the State of New
York and, in particular, of Western New York, by educating its citizenry;
providing leadership in areas in which it has expertise; sharing its
facilities and resources; and providing social, medical, educational,
cultural, and other services related to its teaching and research missions.
The professional staff should plan, facilitate, and support these activities,
recognizing that the citizens of the State of New York have a right to
The members of the professional staff should be committed to achieving such
broad and important social goals as promoting equal opportunity, eliminating
discrimination, and educating the disadvantaged.
Abuse of Privileges
Positions of leadership, control, or support within the University at Buffalo
confer special rights and privileges, such as access to facilities,
information, services, and equipment. Professional staff members must avoid
abuse of these and other privileges either by themselves or by others.
Conflict of Interest
Professional staff members have the rights and responsibilities of any
citizen. However, when speaking or acting as private persons, they should
clearly and explicitly dissociate themselves from the university.
They must be especially sensitive to conflicts of interest between their
roles in the university and their private activities and interests.
Professional staff members should try to avoid conflicts of interest between
the university and others, such as granting agencies, financial supports,
police and intelligence agencies, government agencies, and special interest
groups. Whenever a potential conflict of interest cannot be avoided, they
should consult their superiors.
American Association of University Professors. (1981). Statement on
professional ethics. Reprinted in New Directions for Higher Education, 33,
American Association of University Administrators. (1981). Professional standards
for administrators. Reprinted in New Directions for Higher Education, 33,
Chambers, Charles M. (1981). Foundations of ethical responsibility in higher
education administration. New Directions for Higher Education, 33, 1Ð13.
Klimes, Rudolph (1978). Content analysis and taxonomy of selected codes of
ethics in educational administration. Berrien Springs, Michigan: Andrews
Univ. (ERIC Document No. ED 150700).
Shulman, Carol Hernstadt (1980, June). Facility ethics: new dilemmas, new
choices. AAHE-ERIC/Higher Education Research Currents.
Schurr, George M. (1979). Toward a code of ethics for academics. Dover,
Delaware: Center for the Study of Values, U. of Delaware (ERIC Document No.
Current as of June, 1987.
II.G. Charter and Bylaws of the