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12.4 Copying Code of Ethics

Because we are an academic community, the faculty, students, and staff of Macalester College honor intellectual property, respect the privacy of data, and recognize the rights of others. Each individual has a responsibility in turn to use copying technology in an ethical manner. Anything less than adherence to the letter and spirit of copyright laws and regulations is unethical.

Respect for intellectual labor and creativity is vital to academic discourse and enterprise. This principle applies to works of all authors and publishers in all media. It encompasses respect for the right to acknowledgment, right to privacy, and right to determine the form, manner, and terms of publications and distribution.

Because printed and recorded information is easily reproduced, respect for the work and personal expression of others is critical. Violations of ethical integrity, including plagiarism, invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, and trade secret and copyright violation, may be grounds for sanctions against members of the academic community. At Macalester, violations of the Copying Code of Ethics may subject the offender to disciplinary action.

(Issued by Provost Elizabeth Ivey, June 1, 1992)

Reissued September 1, 2000