Integrity within the University Community. Its Ethical Values, Attitudes and Behaviors

Author:Mirela Arsith
Position:Danubius University of Galati, Faculty of Communication Sciences
Pages:258-262
SUMMARY

The hypothesis, that our paper is based on, is that the university community plays an important role both in the process of shaping the students’ professional and transversal competences and in the shaping of their moral dimension. Ethical values, such as credibility, respect, equity, correctness, tolerance, might generate attitudes, such as participative interest, responsibility assumption,... (see full summary)

 
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European Integration - Realities and Perspectives
2010
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Integrity within the University Community.
Its Ethical Values, Attitudes and Behaviours
Mirela Arsith
Danubius University of Galati, Faculty of Communication Sciences, arsith.mirela@univ-danubius.ro
Abstract. The hypothesis, that our paper is based on, is that the universi ty community plays an important role
both in the process of shaping the students’ professional and trans versal competences and in the shaping of
their moral dimension. Ethical values, such as credibility, respect, equity, correctness, tolerance, might
generate attitudes, such as participative interest, responsibility ass umption, moral norms, dialogue willingness
etc. The personal and professional development of the students from “Danubius” University of Galati, should
be conditioned both by their solid knowledge, their competences of their specialization, and by their interior
ethical behaviours. The future graduates should focus their future activity on a professional deontology and
on the projection of t he possible consequences of their actions and decisi ons within the individual, social and
natural environment they are going to work in. The aim of our paper is to identify and analyze the strategies
of ethicall y shaping the students who will be specialists in communication and public relations. Our paper
will demonstra te the i mportance of the ethical dimension within this specialization which will provide the
competences of the social influence. This has multiple outcomes within the social field, having significant
ethical implications.
Keywords: ethical values; communication ethics; higher education
1. Introduction
In the contemporary society it is increasingly imposed the fact that the universities have become active
social actors more and more involved in the social, economic and cultural development at local,
regional, national and global level. The mission of universities has diversified, not only they prepare
future professional elite, but they also have a great responsibility on training more and more students
to accede to higher education. In this context, the institutions of higher education can no longer be
governed only by traditional academic standards, being imposed an assumption of new roles,
responsibilities and ethical rules, which will be the basis of a society of knowledge and lifelong
learning.
2. Academic Ethos
2.1. The Role of Values that Define Academic Integrity
Higher education is based upon its activity of teaching-learning and training students, and also on the
academic community research demarche completed on the free exchange of ideas, creativity and

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