SECTION 12 PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST
12.1 Faculty members are expected to observe in all actions the highest standards of ethics consistent with the State of Washington statutes, the regulations of the Executive Ethics Board and its advisory opinions, and all policies of the University Board of Trustees. The Code of Faculty Ethics for the Faculty of Western Washington University [Appendix 5 of the Faculty Handbook] is herein incorporated as Appendix D. Faculty have a duty to comply with the Faculty Code of Ethics.
12.2 Faculty members are expected to avoid “conflict of interest” and “conflict of commitment” as defined below:
12.2.1 A conflict of interest is any conflict between the private interests of the faculty and the public interests of the university including conflicts of interest specified under Washington statutes.
12.2.2 A conflict of commitment is any activity which interferes with the full performance of the faculty’s professional or institutional responsibilities or obligations.
12.3 The following policies are incorporated into the collective bargaining agreement by reference:
A. The University Policy on Financial Disclosure for Externally Funded Projects [POL-U5400.20, as revised from time to time];
B. The University Policy on Consulting and Other Compensated Professional Activities [Section B of Faculty Handbook];
C. The Policies Governing Procedures for the Use of Animals in Research and Teaching at Western Washington University, as revised from time to time;
D. Policies & Procedures for the Review of Research Involving Human Subjects [Appendix 9 of the Faculty Handbook].
12.4 Faculty shall not engage in misconduct in research and scholarship, defined as:
12.4.1 The intentional fabrication or falsification of data, research procedures, or data analysis; plagiarism; or other fraudulent activities in proposing, conducting, reporting, or reviewing research.
126.96.36.199 Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
188.8.131.52 Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.
184.108.40.206 Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.
12.4.2. The willful failure to comply with federal, state, or university requirements a) for protecting researchers, human subjects, and the public during research and b) concerning the humane treatment of animals used in research.
12.4.3. The use of research funds, facilities, or staff for unauthorized and/or illegal activities.
12.4.4 Research misconduct does not include honest errors, honest differences of opinion or differences in interpretation or judgments of data.
12.4.5 Procedures for handling misconduct under this section are provided in Appendix 6 of the Faculty Handbook. Any adjudication or appeal resulting from the process shall follow Sections 19 or 20 of this Agreement.
12.5 Faculty shall not use the facilities, equipment, or services of the University in connection with any activity creating a conflict of interest.
12.6 No faculty member shall participate in any University decision which involves the appointment, evaluation, promotion, retention, or dismissal of a family member or a person with whom he/she has an intimate personal relationship or which might have a direct effect on the condition of employment with the University of a family member or a person with whom he/she has an intimate personal relationship.
12.7 No faculty member shall review, audit, or administer public funds under the control of another family member or a person with whom the employee has an intimate personal relationship.
12.8 When a faculty member discovers that his/her duties will lead to making decisions regarding the appointment, evaluation, promotion, retention, or dismissal of a family member or a person with whom he/she has an intimate personal relationship, he/she will promptly inform his/her immediate supervisor (chair, director, or dean) and request that those duties be assigned to a different faculty member.
12.9 Members of the same family or persons in an intimate personal relationship may be employed by the University on the faculty in the same department or in different departments so long as each person meets the standards of qualification, and adheres to Sections 12.6 and 12.8.
12.10 The relationship faculty have with students carries the added responsibility to both the student and the University for the relationship to remain free of abuse of power or favoritism, or the appearance of abuse of power or favoritism.
12.11 Except for changes required by external agencies, law, regulations or court decisions, the Union will be given notice of any proposed changes to the policies referenced in this Section and the opportunity to bargain over these changes.