So what is unethical behavior anyway?

The definition of unethical is:

  • Dishonest
  • Disrespectful
  • Irresponsible
  • Unfair
  • Lacking compassion

The conjunction in the sentence is “Or” not “And”.

Remember you do not have to fail in all five categories for someone to say that is unethical.




3260 – Professional Ethics

Professional Ethics

Professional Ethics encompass the personal, organizational and corporate standards of behavior expected of professionals.

I found an interesting article on Ethical Frameworks that is worth reading.

Here is VCC’s Code of Ethics:

Vancouver Community College (VCC) expects all employees of the college to adhere to the highest standards of conduct, ethics, and professionalism, in accordance with VCC’s Policies and Procedures, and local, provincial and federal legislation. In addition, employees are expected to instill public confidence, exhibit a commitment to excellence in learning and teaching, and demonstrate consideration for the dignity, respect, and well-being of all College members and the broader society in which all exist.

The standards address:

  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Gifts and other complimentary items
  • Workplace relationships
  • Employment of family members
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Conflict of interest
  • Outside remuneration
  • Political activity
  • Legal proceedings
  • Public comment, unauthorized representation or association

My organization does have a code of ethics policy that we are all required to adhere to.

When I think about Professional Ethics for teachers the following come to mind:

  • Knowledgeable
  • Sociable
  • Creative
  • Morally Sensitive
  • Autonomous
  • Critical
  • Responsible

Professional conduct complaints must relate to the actions or behavior or the competence of the BC educator. The Commissioner for Teacher Regulation can consider conduct or competence that is in breach of the Standards for Educators in BC.

I researched a case where the BC Colleges of Teachers viewed the actions of the teacher to be unprofessional misconduct. The BC College of Teachers accepted Mr. admission of professional misconduct and further agreed that he was guilty of the two allegations that he did not specifically admit to, but had offered no evidence to contradict or to challenge the alleged facts. The BC College of Teachers unanimously agreed that the conduct admitted to by Mr. constituted repeated boundary violations. His repeated physical contact with students was inappropriate and failed to adequately protect the emotional and physical dignity of the young people under his charge.

Teachers are a wide influence on individuals, society, and the future of mankind. Teachers educate future citizens and future decision-makers. Its important to recognize that professional ethics is not a burden but should be viewed as an aspiration in the work that they do.



Brookfield, S. (2015). The Skillful Teacher On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom. (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Wiley.

School of Instructor Education, VCC (n.d.). Ethical Dilemmas in Adult Education: Kidder’s Framework. PIDP 3260 Course Handout. Retrieved from: