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Ethical Decision-Making Framework

Ethical decision making flowchart.

Often times, knowing how to respond to an ethical problem is challenging. The Ethical Decision-Making Framework is a helpful tool that employees may use when considering how to respond to ethical dilemmas.

Policy 31000-Code of Ethics and Employee Conduct: “In actualizing the core institutional value of integrity, Montgomery College is committed to fostering an environment where ethical standards are routinely and transparently considered by all faculty, staff, and administrators.” (section I.)

If you are unsure of the right thing to do, ask yourself:

  • Is it legal?
  • Does it adhere to MC Policy and Procedure?
  • Is it in line with MC values and the Code of Ethics?

If your answer to any of the above questions is no, then you should not follow through with the action.

If you are unsure of the answer to any of the above questions, you should seek the advice of your supervisor or follow up with other MC resources including the Ombuds, the Office of Compliance, Risk, and Ethics or the Ethics Reporting Line.