Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Middle States: Integrity

Characteristics of Excellence, Standard 6: Integrity

In the conduct of its programs and activities involving the public and the constituencies it serves, the institution demonstrates adherence to ethical standards and its own stated policies, providing support to academic and intellectual freedom
 

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Fundamental Element #1: fair and impartial processes, published and widely available, to address student grievances, such as alleged violations of institutional policies. The institution assures that student grievances are addressed promptly, appropriately, and equitably;

Standard 9, Fundamental Element #6


 


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Fundamental Element 2: fair and impartial practices in hiring, evaluation, and dismissal of employees;

Standard 2 (administration and staff)

Standard 10, Fundamental Element # 6-8(faculty)


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Fundamental Element 3: sound ethical practices and respect for individuals through its teaching, scholarship/research, service, and administrative practice, including the avoidance of conflict of interest or the appearance of such conflict in all its activities and among its constituents;

Standard 2


 


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Fundamental Element 4: equitable and appropriately consistent treatment of constituencies, as evident in such areas as student discipline, student evaluation, grievance procedures, faculty promotion, tenure, retention and compensation, administrative review, curricular improvement, and institutional governance and management;

Standard 9 (students)

Standard 10 (faculty)

Standard 11 (administration)


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Fundamental Element 5: a climate of academic inquiry and engagement supported by widely disseminated policies regarding academic and intellectual freedom;

Standard 5


 


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Fundamental Element 6: an institutional commitment to principles of protecting intellectual property rights;

Standard 3


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Fundamental Element 8: honesty and truthfulness in public relations announcements, advertisements, and recruiting and admissions materials;

Standard 8


 


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Fundamental Element 9: reasonable, continuing access to paper or electronic catalogs;

Fundamental Elements 10 and 11 do not apply.

Standard 8


 


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Fundamental Element 12: availability of factual information about the institution, such as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education annual data reporting, the self-study or PRR, the team report, and the Commission’s action, accurately reported and made publicly available to the institution’s community;

Standard 7


 


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Fundamental Element 13: institutional information provided in a manner that ensures student and public access, such as print, electronic, or video presentation;

Standard 8


 


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Fundamental Element 14: fulfillment of all applicable standards and reporting requirements of the Commission;

Standard 7


 


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Fundamental Element 15: periodic assessment of the integrity evidenced in institutional policies, processes, practices and the manner in which these are implemented;