Virginia Western Code of Ethics for Institutional Research
Institutional research at Virginia Western follows the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice issued by the Association for Institutional Research. A summary of this code is shown below.
SECTION I – COMPETENCE
The institutional research office shall not claim a degree of competency it does not possess, and shall not accept assignments requiring competencies it does not have.
SECTION II – PRACTICE
Use of Accepted Standards. The office will conduct all tasks in accordance with accepted technical standards, and will attempt to minimize the effect of biases in its work
- The office will document the sources and quality of data.
- The office will document the sources of information and the process of analysis in sufficient detail that work can be verified and replicated.
- Reports will be clearly written and follow scholarly norms.
Clarification of Purpose.
- Before an assignment is begun, the office will clarify with others as appropriate the purposes, expectations, strategies, and limitations of the research.
- The office will make efforts to anticipate and prevent misunderstandings and misuse of reports within the institution by careful presentation and documentation in original reports.
SECTION III - CONFIDENTIALITY
The office will permit no release of information about individual persons that has been guaranteed as confidential to any person inside or outside the institution.
Exceptions: Circumstances in which not to do so would result in clear danger to the subject of the confidential material or to others; or in conformity with a decree of a court of law.
Data will be stored a manner as to reasonably prevent loss, unauthorized access, or divulgence of confidential information.
SECTION IV - RELATIONSHIPS TO THE COMMUNITY
The office will apply all reasonable means to prevent irrevocable loss of data and documentation during its immediately useful life; and will act as an advocate for its documentation and systematic permanent archiving.
SECTION V - RELATIONSHIPS TO THE CRAFT
The office will uphold and advance the values, ethics, knowledge, and mission of the profession. This includes keeping abreast of changes in the field, and sharing knowledge at professional meetings and conferences.
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