Context and Importance of the Problem (Critique of existing policy)
There is an abundance of information available to Internet users today. The producers of thatinformation may not always adhere to professional standards or ethics, may not have the wholetruth, and at times, may be malicious in the dissemination of information.As a University community, a community that is responsibility for delivering valid and accurateinformation, we have an obligation to make sure that the information we share from the Internet isboth valid and accurate. We also have the responsibility to teach our stakeholders how to becomeself-sufficient in searching for information from outside resources.This proposal is for an addendum to
and is presented to update a current andidentified need to our University.Our mission:
As a land-grant university, we provide unparalleled access and public service to support the citizens of the Commonwealth. We engage in collaborative activities with industrial,educational, and agricultural partners here and abroad to generate, disseminate, integrate,and apply knowledge that is valuable to society.
Policy Recommendation I
We currently have an outstanding policy on
General Standards of Professional Ethics
. Myrecommendation is to amend this policy include a new statement (Statement 7) to address currentissues facing our University system.
As teachers/professors and purveyors of educational content to our stakeholders, we havean obligation to provide current, valid, accurate and credible information in the scope of ouremployment. To extend this, educators also have the responsibility to teach ourstakeholders the skills necessary for assessing web-based information to similar standardsin order to fulfill our
This amendment will move the University into the 21
Century and recognize theimportance of the growth in, and use of technology and the Internet. The inclusionwill bring credibility to the need for focus by practitioners and educators.
With the use of technology and the Internet, the process of advising employees of thepolicy change can be quick if not immediate.
Even though this information can be disseminated quickly, it doesn’t guarantee that
the information will be read by the target audience.