In 2016, PCC adopted a summary statement of ethics that governs interactions between and within its various constituency groups. This statement is intended to guide interactions between individuals, departments, divisions, and the institution, and further an atmosphere of mutual respect and collaboration to advance the interests of the college.

Summary Ethical Statement for Pasadena City College

We, the students, faculty, staff, and management at Pasadena City College, demonstrate a high regard for the rights, diverse opinions, and lifestyles of all community members. It is our responsibility to establish a climate of mutual respect to protect the rights and freedoms of others, in providing an environment in which students can successfully achieve their educational goals, and in which employees can maximize their performance. We will hold ourselves accountable to behave professionally, collegially, and collaboratively with our colleagues and our students. The development of trust relies on our ability to treat others with civility in a non-exploitative manner.

  • Fair Dealing: We conduct ourselves ethically, honestly, and with integrity.
  • Individual Responsibility & Accountability: We accept responsibility appropriate to our positions and delegated authorities.
  • Respect for Others: We treat everyone with respect and dignity, recognizing that disagreement and informed debate are commonplace in an academic setting.
  • Propriety: We encourage open dialogue and positive contributions to Pasadena City College by inviting all constituencies to participate in the governance process.
  • Compliance with Applicable Laws & Regulations: We are familiar with and abide by the College policies and procedures, and federal, state, and local laws that affect our College roles.
  • Conflicts of Interest or Commitment: We avoid both actual conflicts of interest and the appearance of such conflicts in the performance of our duties. We devote our primary professional allegiance to the College and its mission.
  • Performance of Duty: We conduct all work with integrity and honesty to provide accurate, objective, clear information, so decisions are made in the best interests of students, employees, and the public.
  • Confidentiality: As appropriate, we maintain confidentiality, objectivity, and impartiality in all evaluative activities involving students and colleagues.
  • Use of College Resources: We ensure that campus resources are used for the benefit of the College.
  • Reporting & Protection from Retaliation: We report all violations of the proceeding practices, recognizing that everyone is protected from retaliation for making such reports.