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Monash University Ethics Statement
Monash is a leading International university, with campuses in Australia and overseas. The members of the Monash community come from diverse backgrounds, religions, cultures and countries.
Today, universities are not only centres of knowledge, learning and research, but also complex communities in which people engage, live, compete, collaborate and face a variety of ethical challenges.
Monash University seeks to improve the human condition by advancing knowledge and fostering creativity. In achieving our goals, we acknowledge the rights and responsibilities we owe to each other, to Monash University, and to the environments in which Monash exists.
This Ethics Statement details the ethical values and principles that are expected of all staff and students as members of the Monash community. It is comprised of general principles which guide individuals in their decision-making. It should inspire us, and challenge us to identify, consider, discuss and resolve ethical questions.
Monash as a Place for People to Work and Study
Monash as a Learning, Teaching and Research Institution
Monash in Society
Monash University recognises its obligation to assist staff and students to identify and resolve ethical issues and to build and maintain a sound ethical culture.
Monash University encourages all the members of its community to engage with ethical questions when they arise. We should each be conscious of the impacts of our decisions, and mindful of ethical considerations.
Many ethical questions will not be able to be simply resolved by deferring to authority or specific policy and procedure. We are a collegiate university, and where appropriate, ethical questions should be discussed with others.
The University acknowledges that many staff and students have concurrent allegiances to their profession, discipline, community, employers, and religious and cultural traditions.
This Ethics Statement underpins the University’s policies and procedures, which set out specific rules and standards of conduct expected from staff and students. It does not exclude or replace those policies or procedures, or applicable legal rights and obligations. So far as it is possible to do so consistently with their purpose, the University’s other documentary processes must be interpreted in a way that is compatible with the values and principles contained in this Statement.
Ethical Decision-Making: Things to Think About
Making the Decision
Final Checks: Ask Yourself...
Ethics Statement Diagram