UPEACE Code of Ethical Conduct for Students, Staff, and Faculty


Reaffirming the values and principles of the United Nations, as enshrined in its Charter, the University for Peace (UPEACE) stands for a culture of ethics, diversity and respect. Members of the UPEACE community are committed to act in accordance with the highest ethical standards of personal and professional conduct.

The UPEACE Code of Ethical Conduct is premised on the principles of respect for human rights, responsible behaviour, integrity and justice to create a working environment sensitive to the needs and well-being of all Faculty, staff, students and visitors involved with the University.

The Code constitutes the ethical framework for the conduct of all resident or visiting University members as well as other visitors who engage with the University. The values and principles underpinning this Code of Ethical Conduct help to establish basic standards of behaviour, conduct and responsibilities. However, the detailed application of these standards in various dimensions or aspects of University life will be clarified and continually enhanced through policies, procedures and organisational agreements to be formulated as needed. (See for example, the UPEACE Policy on Prohibition of Discrimination, Harassment, Including Sexual Harassment, and Abuse of Power; UPEACE Policy on Protection against Retaliation for Reporting Misconduct and for Cooperating with Duly Authorized Audits or Investigations; Code of Academic Conduct; and UPEACE Research Ethics Guidelines.)

Values and Principles

Respect for Human Rights and Dignity

UPEACE is committed to ensuring respect for the human rights and dignity of all Faculty, staff, students and visitors. Every University member is prohibited from any act of discrimination and harassment based on culture, ethnic or “racial” identity, religion or faith, nationality, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, beliefs, or marital or parental status.

Respect for Diversity and Equality

UPEACE community members are expected to promote respect for the diversity and equality as well as equal opportunity with respect to University services, programs and/or employment of its students, faculty, staff, visitors in terms of social, cultural and economic backgrounds, beliefs, attitudes and orientations.

Independence, Academic Freedom and Integrity

All faculty, staff and students at UPEACE are expected to maintain their independence and freedom of opinion, expression, intellectual inquiry, scholarly critiques and research free from undue interference albeit subject to any existing statutory or policy obligations. At the same time, they will uphold the reputation and integrity of UPEACE through practising honesty, truthfulness, fairness, transparency, incorruptibility and accountability.

Responsibilities to Colleagues

All UPEACE staff, faculty and students are expected to maintain collegial and professional relationships and a harmonious working environment. It must be based on nonviolence, dialogue, mutual respect, civility, openness to diverse views and opinions; participatory decision-making, creative conflict resolution, fair and impartial criticism of performances, transparency, recognition and support of the merits of everyone and the availability of democratic processes to appeal administrative or management decisions.

Conflicts of Interest

Any conflicts of interest on the part of Council members, faculty, staff and students should be immediately reported and eliminated in order to maintain the integrity of individuals involved or the University; thereby preserving the public’s respect and confidence in the University. For example: Staff involved in outside business with students, dual relationships within the same department among others.

Confidentiality of information

All University members are expected to preserve and respect the confidentiality of University information or records and any disclosure will require appropriate authorisation. Such confidential information should not be used for personal benefit.

Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability

All faculty, staff and students are expected to perform their duties and work in ways that protect everyone from health risks and unsafe conditions and help to ensure environmental sustainability at UPEACE.

Responsible Use of University Resources

All UPEACE members should use the University’s resources including funds, assets, equipment, information technology and other property in a responsible, efficient, documented, non-wasteful and ethical manner.

Responsibilities to Teaching, Learning and Students

All UPEACE resident and visiting faculty are expected in their teaching responsibilities to ethically mentor students based on:

a. continuously enhanced knowledge, scholarship and pedagogical competencies in their academic and professional fields;

b. respect for students as individuals able to demonstrate autonomy and independent intellectual thinking in a safe and mutually respectful learning environment;

c. an examination of alternative perspectives, viewpoints and paradigms on substantive issues and problems in their fields of study, including on controversial and sensitive themes and topics;

d. fair evaluation of students based on criteria openly stated at a course’s commencement, reflective of course performance and constructive feedback;

e. respect for the confidentiality of personal student communications, evaluations and papers unless such release is required for appeals of grades or will be in the best interests of the student or may help to prevent harm to others;

f. avoidance of dual-role relationships which can lead to harassment and/or abuse of authority;

g. non-discrimination on the basis of cultural, ethnic or “racial” identity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion or faith, disability, age, marital or parental status, social background and/or political beliefs;

h. not engaging in sexual harassment and all other forms of harassment or abuse of power. See separate Sexual Harassment Policy.

All UPEACE students are expected to fulfil their ethical responsibilities as learners by:

a. demonstrating a commitment to develop their scholarly and intellectual capacities in the fields of their courses or programme;

b. maintaining a culture of mutual respect and dialogue between and among students and instructors;

c. upholding academic integrity and honesty by not engaging in plagiarism, cheating and misrepresentation;

d. not discriminating against other students and/or instructors on the basis of cultural, ethnic or “racial” identity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion or faith, disability, age, marital or parental status, social background and/or political beliefs;

e. not engaging in sexual harassment and all other forms of harassment or bullying;

f. fair and constructive evaluation of instructors based on the merits of their teaching competencies.

Reporting Breaches and Enforcement of the Code

Each University member is expected to act in accordance with this Code of Ethical Conduct and to report any perceived or suspected violation or breach of the Code to the appropriate supervisor or other administrator, who will then conduct an impartial, careful and expeditious investigation of the alleged breach with reference to the values and principles underpinning the Code and other pertinent detailed policies, procedures and guidelines. If such reported breaches are found to be valid, UPEACE Administration shall implement corrective or remedial actions, which may include disciplinary measures as embodied in employment contracts.