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or universal (81% report engage in to some degree) among
community college faculty. Teaching ethics or values to
students was reported as behavior 83% of the time. Given the
definition set by the earlier study for universal behavior,
these two behaviors are more closely matched. Neither of these,
however, is consistent with the outcome of the Tabachnick study
(1991) study. The study on graduate students does not report
any specific behaviors as common, but generally reports a broad
array of reported behavior.
Behaviors determined as controversial (SD>1.25) are shared
across the three studies. This study reports the three
following behaviors as controversial: (1) encouraging students
to participate in your research projects; (2) engaging in a
sexual relationship with another faculty member who is of higher
or lower rank than you; and (3) becoming sexually involved with
a student after he or she has completed the course and grade has
been filed. The two latter behaviors were also found
controversial among psychologists in Tabachnick's study. As a
matter of fact, half of the behaviors reported as controversial
in the Tabachnick study were sexual in nature.
Of the behaviors reported as controversial in this study,
one was common to the results of the study of graduate
assistants. Both report that, "encouraging students to
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Scales, Renay Ford. Ethics of Teaching: Beliefs and Behaviors of Community College Faculty, dissertation, August 2002; Denton, Texas. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc3212/m1/64/: accessed May 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .