Code of Professional Behavior | College of Engineering | SIU

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College's Engineering Code of Professional Behavior

The Preamble to the Code of Ethics for Engineers (National Society of Professional Engineers, 2007) establishes important principles for our engineering profession. "Engineering is an important and learned profession. As members of this profession, engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Engineering has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the services provided by engineers require honesty, impartiality, fairness, and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare. Engineers must perform under a standard of professional behavior that requires adherence to the highest principles of ethical conduct."

To emphasize the importance of honesty and integrity to our profession, all new Engineering students at the college are asked to sign a pledge statement. The honesty component is a reflection of university policy, yet usage is designed to instill a life-long commitment. Beyond honesty, our college is also dedicated to training students to serve well all people. Such service requires the outward expression of true respect for all persons regardless of their religious beliefs, nationality, economic standing, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability status, gender identity, and gender expression.