Ethics Standards

Academic Honesty

Students are required to respect the ethical standards for academic honesty established by the Office for Student Judicial Affairs (P202 Peabody Hall, 392-1261).

The University of Florida Student Honor Code

The University of Florida student body voted in the Fall of 1995 to approve the following Student Honor Code:

We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

  • All students admitted to the University of Florida have signed a statement of academic honesty committing themselves to be honest in all academic work and understanding that failure to comply with this commitment will result in disciplinary action.
  • The statement is a reminder to uphold your obligation as a UF student, and to be honest in all work submitted and all exams.
  • Work submitted must be produced individually by each student, except for tasks explicitly assigned to a group by the instructor.
  • No consultation among students is allowed during exams, unless otherwise stated in an explicit fashion by the instructor.
  • All work submitted individually in the form of exams, homework, computer projects, etc., is subject to the following required or implied pledge:

On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in completing and submitting this assignment.

Sanctions for Honor Code Violations

  • Since ethical behavior in science and engineering is equal in relevance in significance to specific knowledge of technical matters, the instructor has the obligation to impose sanctions on students who commit ethical violations. Sanctions can be established according to the standards imposed by the Office for Student Judicial Affairs (P202 Peabody Hall, 392-1261).
  • Official Sanctions issued by the Office of Student Judicial Affairs will become permanently noted in the student’s official transcript.

AIChE Code of Ethics

All students, faculty, and instructors in the Chemical Engineering Department are required to abide by the eleven-point Code of Ethics developed by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

The Board of Directors of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers adopted this Code of Ethics to which it expects that the professional conduct of its members shall conform, and to which every applicant attests by signing his or her membership application. Members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers shall uphold and advance the integrity, honor and dignity of the engineering profession by: being honest and impartial and serving with fidelity their employers, their clients, and the public; striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering profession; and using their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare. To achieve these goals, members shall:

  1. Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public and protect the environment in performance of their professional duties.
  2. Formally advise their employers or clients (and consider further disclosure, if warranted) if they perceive that a consequence of their duties will adversely affect the present or future health or safety of their colleagues or the public.
  3. Accept responsibility for their actions, seek and heed critical review of their work and offer objective criticism of the work of others.
  4. Issue statements or present information only in an objective and truthful manner.
  5. Act in professional matters for each employer or client as faithful agents or trustees, avoiding conflicts of interest and never breaching confidentiality.
  6. Treat all colleagues and co-workers fairly and respectfully, recognizing their unique contributions and capabilities by fostering an environment of equity, diversity and inclusion.
  7. Perform professional services only in areas of their competence.
  8. Build their professional reputations on the merits of their services.
  9. Continue their professional development throughout their careers, and provide opportunities for the professional development of those under their supervision.
  10. Never tolerate harassment.
  11. Conduct themselves in a fair, honorable and respectful manner.