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Standards on Ethics and Integrity

Academy of Human Resouce Development: Standards on Ethics and Integrity These Standards were developed by:

Academy of Human Resource Development Standing Committee on Ethics and Integrity

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These Standards on Ethics and Integrity for the Academy of Human Resource Development provide guidance for HRD professionals engaged in practice, research, consulting, and instruction/facilitation/teaching. Although these principles are aspirational in nature, they provide standards of conduct and set forth a common set of values for HRD professionals. Adherence to these standards builds ethical, professional, and research accomplishments for HRD professionals and adds to the further definition and clarification of HRD as a profession. The primary goal of these standards is to define more clearly a holistic balance among individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and societies whenever conflicting needs arise.

To ensure this balance, these Standards identify a common set of values upon which HRD professionals build their professional and research work. In addition, the Standards clarify both the general principles and the decision rules that cover most situations encountered by HRD professionals. The Standards have as their primary goal the welfare and protection of the individuals, groups, and organizations with whom HRD professionals work.

Adherence to a dynamic set of Standards for a professional’s work-related conduct requires a personal commitment to the lifelong effort to act ethically; to encourage ethical behavior by students, supervisors, employees, and colleagues as appropriate; and to consult with others, as needed, concerning ethical problems. It is the individual responsibility of each professional to aspire to the highest possible standards of conduct. Such professionals respect and protect human and civil rights and do not knowingly participate in or condone unfair discriminatory practices.

In providing both the universal principles and limited decision rules to cover many situations encountered by HRD professionals, this document is intended to be generic and is not intended to be a comprehensive, problem-solving, or procedural document. Specific statements and solutions for special HRD-related situations will emerge from the development of case studies appended to this Standard. Each professional’s personal experience as well as his or her individual and cultural values should be used to interpret, apply, and supplement the principles and rules set forth in these pages.

This document has been prepared primarily as an educational vehicle. It serves to articulate the values to which HRD professionals aspire in their work. Other documents will follow which further elaborate these principles.

Making ethical decisions can be difficult because long-range social responsibility considerations may conflict with immediate needs. Or, ethical principles may seem even to be in conflict with one another. Finally, at times we are forced to choose among bad options. When placed in these kinds of situations, HRD professionals aspire to weighing their options and making the best (ethical) decision they feel they can, based upon an attempt to be socially responsible.

Academy of Human Resource Development Standards for HRD Graduate Program Excellence

Developed by: Academic Standards Committee of the Academy of Human Resource Development

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Graduate academic programs in Human Resource Development and related fields play a critical role in educating and future HRD professionals and others and thus ensuring a sufficient number of experts to guide the increasingly complex HRD discipline in organizations and institutions around the world.

By demand from its members, the Academy of Human Resource Development has, for the past several years, engaged in a concentrated effort to identify characteristics of academic program excellence. Through involvement by the general membership, through the work of a commission appointed by the President of AHRD, and through Board discussion and reflection, the Academy has developed a set of standards and recommendations aimed at graduate programs in HRD and related fields. These standards were developed based on review of outstanding programs, benchmarking of other professional fields, review of existing frameworks for program accreditation, and the ideas of leading scholars and programs administrators in the field.

The standards focus on the following seven core areas:

1.0 Program Purpose
2.0 Faculty
3.0 Curriculum
4.0 Students
5.0 Research
6.0 Resources
7.0 Leadership and Support

The purpose of these standards is to communicate a set of expectations for existing and newly developing graduate programs that is agreed upon by the membership of the profession. The standards are intended to encourage graduate academic programs towards higher levels of achievement and performance around a common set of characteristics while maintaining their unique and distinctive identity. The standards are offered in the spirit of collegial respect for the diverse traditions of our discipline and of its academic programs and within a self-evaluation and continuous improvement framework. The guiding belief behind the standards is that of unity in the essentials and diversity in the specifics.

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