Professional Code of Conduct
The Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine (SOM) is committed to the highest standards of professionalism and it is the explicit expectation that all SOM members will consistently promote a physically and psychologically safe, inclusive culture that fosters the flourishing of all faculty, staff, and trainees to the benefit of our broader community while fulfilling our core missions of excellence in education, research, and enhancing the health of our communities.
Our Faculty Professional Code of Conduct relies on the following norms:
- Integrity demonstrated by consistently behaving in an honest and trustworthy manner. This includes ensuring that appropriate credit is given for individual contributions.
- Respect for individual differences and opinions manifest by an openness to hear others’ perspectives and engage in civil dialogue and communications
- Inclusive Excellence illustrated by engaging in practices to promote all faculty’s personal and professional fulfillment in light of historic gender, religious, racial and ethnic inequities and cultural differences
- Kindness modeled by cooperative and collaborative behaviors, including collegiality and appropriate professional service
The above norms and examples are not exhaustive but provide guidance on the professionalism expectations that apply to all SOM faculty.
These norms are consistent with the standards and expectations set forth for all faculty in the CWRU Faculty Handbook, CWRU Policies and the professional codes of conduct adopted by the SOM’s hospital partners, (Code of Conduct CCF; Code of Conduct MH; Code of Conduct UH; Code of Conduct VA).
The norms and expectations articulated above may overlap with other existing CWRU and CWRU SOM resources and are meant to complement these standards and requirements (e.g., Title IX, Research Misconduct, Student Mistreatment) and those put forth by national professional organizations (e.g., American Medical Association). Despite these existing expectations, standards and resources, there is no overarching Professional Code of Conduct that applies to all faculty in the SOM that specifically addresses how faculty are expected to treat others. A culture based on the norms articulated above is essential in light of faculty members’ responsibilities to CWRU, the SOM, colleagues, trainees, the broader medical scientific community, and the public. Faculty in the SOM serve as role models for our trainees and leaders in our communities; thus, maintenance of these standards is essential. The SOM is committed to provide the resources to help all faculty model the highest level of professionalism.