The Ramapo College Code of Professional Responsibility applies to all full-time and part time employees of the College including but not limited to all administrators, faculty, adjuncts, managers and staff employed by Ramapo College (collectively referred to as “employee(s)“2 , unless otherwise indicated). It consists of a Code of Professional Conduct and a Code of Ethics. The Code of Professional Responsibility establishes standards of conduct the College deems proper and necessary to advance the beneficial ends of the institution and to foster the professional welfare of the College community. It is based upon principles of honesty and integrity. The standards it sets forth intend to foster the integration of these principles into the professional life of the College. Conduct which breaches such standards or violates these principles may be processed under this Code.
The Code of Professional Responsibility is designed to supplement, not replace other College policies. Nothing contained herein shall prevent Ramapo College from addressing violations of this Code administratively through other avenues of redress as it determines appropriate.
Furthermore, the Code of Ethics requires all employees of Ramapo College of New Jersey to fully comply with all applicable provisions of N.J.A.C. 9A:3-1.1 et esq. (Institutional Code of Ethics), N.J.S.A 52:13D-12 et esq. (New Jersey Conflict of Interest Law) and N.J.A.C. 19:61-1.1 et esq. (Executive Commission on Ethical Standards Rules) which comprise the statutory and regulatory authority of this Code.
Ramapo College remains committed to its anti-discrimination and workplace harassment policies, to preserving the integrity of its personnel procedures and to maintaining the highest standards of professional conduct.
The Code of Professional Responsibility is both a declaration of institutional values and a statement of enforceable standards of conduct. The procedures adopted shall be consistent with existing personnel policies and procedures and shall preserve rights of due process and confidentiality and other rights as provided by policy, contract, or law. It should be further understood that the College is a proper forum for critical inquiry and the free exchange of ideas. Rights of academic freedom and freedom of expression shall be preserved and shall not be abridged in the application of the Code.
I. Code of Professional Conduct
The Ramapo College Code of Professional Conduct provides that:
- All employees of the College shall comply with and abide by all State and Federal laws and regulations.
- All employees of the College shall comply with and abide by the College’s promulgated rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
- All employees of the College shall maintain the highest professional standards such as accountability for knowingly furnishing false information to the College or its staff.
- All employees of the College shall not commit an act of forgery, alteration or misuse of College documents, or records, including unauthorized access to Ramapo’s database files.
- All employees of the College shall not commit an act of theft, damage or destruction of Ramapo’s or the State’s property.
- All employees of the College shall not commit an act of theft, damage or destruction of property of a member of the College community or other person lawfully on Ramapo’s campus.
- All employees of the College shall not cause physical harm to a member of the College community or to any person on Ramapo’s campus.
- All employees of the College shall not engage in activity which obstructs or disrupts teaching, research or the administration of the College, disciplinary procedures, review and appointment procedures, or other College activities. Such prohibition will not extend to protected First Amendment activities.
- All employees of the College shall not make unauthorized commitments or promises purporting to bind Ramapo or any member of the College community.
- All employees of the College shall use the College’s facilities, property and resources for the benefit of the College to further its professional processes.
- All employees of the College shall maintain the confidentiality of personnel, students, or other institutional proceedings where such confidentiality is provided by policy or law.
- As related to one’s duties at Ramapo, all employees of the College shall uphold and abide by the standards of professional associations or licensing bodies that one is a member.
- All employees of the College have a responsibility to represent themselves in a lawful and responsible manner. All such employees shall strive to be objective in their professional judgments of members of the Ramapo community, including colleagues and students, and shall act in a manner that will not prejudice another’s effectiveness.
II. Code of Ethics
Ramapo College of New Jersey adopts the Uniform Ethics Code of the State of New Jersey.