Texas State CS 2315 - Professional Behavior and Ethics (16 pages)

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Cs 2315 - Computer Ethics
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Professional Behavior and Ethics or Why You Can t Date Your Students CS 5300 Carol Hazlewood 1 How to Get Fired Act as if you don t have a real job It s just a TA Don t show up for class excuse Several times Without an Be insolent to faculty especially your advisor the students and the staff members Call in sick every Monday Leave for the city on Thursday afternoon Never plan what you are going to do in class this stuff is too easy anyway 2 Make clear that research is everything you are going to solve a great problem and join one of the top departments where you will only teach one graduate course a term Skip office hours Your officemates can take care of any of the students who ll come by Make it clear from the start that you don t intend to do anything extra in fact you won t do anything that you don t get a salary for And you only do that under duress End all your classes early Can t do this you say Too many questions Simple to solve just belittle the students who ask them that ll ease up on class time Leave for vacations breaks and end of term early South Padre awaits 3 Don t hand in grades on time Got some graduating seniors So what They didn t like you anyway Offer grades for favors only jokingly of course Show up at undergrad parties They re so much more fun anyway Drink a lot Leave at 2 a m with one of your students Tick off the TA supervisor He isn t a real computer scientist anyway He stopped doing research about the time you were born 4 Overview Ethics Your Duties Your Professional Responsibilities 5 Ethical Concepts and Theories Definitions Society Association of people organized under a system of rules Rules advance the good of members over time Morality A society s rules of conduct What people ought ought not to do in various situations Ethics Rational examination of morality Evaluation of peoples behavior 6 Moral Systems rules for guiding conduct principles for evaluating rules Characteristics public rules are known to all members informal not like formal laws in a legal system rational based on logic accessible to all impartial does not favor any group or person 7 Useful Ethical Theories Duty Based Kantianism Act on a rule that can be universally binding on all people Act on the rule that ensures that all people will be treated as ends in themselves Consequence Based Utilitarianism Principle of Utility An action is right or wrong to the extent that it increases or decreases the total happiness of the affected parties Rights Based Social Contract Theory Positive Negative Limited Absolute 8 Example Carla is a single mother who works full time She takes two evening courses semester History class requires more work than normal Carla earning an A on all work so far Carla doesnt have time to write final report Carla purchases report and submits it as her own work 9 Your Duties and Tasks 10 Responsibilities to Students in Lab or Classroom Don t discuss their individual grades in public and don t compare the students to each other We have all met people who are very likable but favoring them with hints or extra help that others don t get is not fair 11 Socializing can lead to difficulties even in the most benign situation If you are not sure how much fraternization to have with students after all we don t want to be totally standoffish ask trustworthy colleagues and faculty for their advice Be careful the kinds of jokes and comments you make in front of students who can be sensitive in very unusual ways Risky Behavior Socializing with a few students from your class Meeting with individual students off campus restrict your meetings to office hours with the office door left open Dating students currently in your class 12 Responsibilities to Faculty Staff and Student Workers Treat others with respect Be trustworthy Treat others fairly Carry out your job duties well Respect the diversity of the university 13 Responsibilities to the Discipline Prepare the material Show some interest in and respect for your assignment and for the discipline in general 14 Responsibilities to the Profession Protect the Security and Privacy of Hard and Soft Copy Information student and faculty work and records Conduct of Research Disclose conflicts of interest Avoid discrimination and harassment of all kinds Don t fake or hide data Maintain proper records on data and methods Do not misuse research funds Respect the confidentiality of the peer review process Do not plagiarize Comply with university rules for human and animal subjects and for safety 15 Q I was discussing mountain biking with one of my students The student informed me that her mother owned a bike shop and offered me a 50 per cent discount on everything in the store I couldnt believe my good fortune Should I take advantage of the offer A Many TAs and often younger faculty often feel a closer kinship to their students than more experienced faculty members making them vulnerable to dual role relationships with students Although it is impossible to avoid all dual role relationships it is important to be wary of possible conflicts of interest such as that described above Gifts or favours from students currently enrolled in your class should be politely refused because of the potential for misunderstanding or manipulation Small gifts of appreciation from students once the course is over and grades have been distributed are usually not a problem 16


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