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faculty (including the other 81%) at North Texas community and
junior colleges. These data expand the limited body of
knowledge, and, in doing so, provided greater awareness about
the status of ethics in higher education.
North Texas community and junior college faculty hold the
belief that it is ethical to teach values to students, to hug
them, and accept inexpensive gift items from their students.
This group does not view low race/ethnic diversity or
encouraging competitiveness as unethical. Similarly, using
school resources to publish research or to work a second job is
also not seen as unethical.
Other results of this study can possibly be generalized to
faculty in this situation and region. Faculty are less likely
to believe that behaviors of a sexual nature, inappropriate or
ill prepared course content nor that unfair treatment or taking
advantage of student financially or otherwise should be
tolerated as ethical. Additionally, engaging in the use of
alcohol, drugs or other illegal substances should not be
tolerated as ethical according to faculty in these specific
Behaviors of the majority of faculty at institutions
represented in this study are likely to be consistent with their
beliefs about ethical and unethical behavior. In other words,
if they believe the behavior to be unethical, most of the
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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/m1/69/?rotate=90: accessed June 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; .