Introduction and Background
Salisbury University [the University] and the AACSB-accredited Perdue School of Business [PSB] strive to attract and educate students who not only possess the intellectual capacity for professions in business but also have a high capacity for ethical and professional behavior. The development of such behavior is an integral part of our business education curriculum, as it prepares our graduates to conduct themselves in an ethical manner throughout their careers. Considering the economic importance of various business organizations and their impact on society as a whole, it is essential that our graduates demonstrate an ability to uphold high ethical standards during their studies at the PSB and in their future endeavors. This importance is nicely explained by the accrediting body of the PSB:
"It is essential for business in general-and management education students in particular-to understand the symbiotic relationship between business and society1 especially in terms of the moral dimensions of the power placed in the hands of owners and managers. The actions of business leaders affect not only themselves, but also customers, employees, investors, suppliers, governments, citizens, and communities. Moreover, abuse of dependency by corporations undermines trust in business and in the markets needed to ensure commercial success. A society where those holding power are neither moral nor accountable creates a state where the strong do what they will and the weak what they must In short, the power of business must be exercised so that it does not punish or exploit those who are dependent on its largesse or vulnerable to its demands. Business must faithfully exercise its responsibility in the use of power. "1
Because the development of ethical and professional behavior is an integral part of a student's preparation for entering the business professions, demonstrating such conduct during the course of a student's education is an academic matter. When a student accepts an offer of admission into the PSB, he or she commits to comply with all policies and regulations, including those regarding ethical and professional conduct established by the University and the PSB. Thus, ethical and professional behaviors are considered key factors in our academic programs.
Circumstances may arise during a student's course of study that call into question the capacity or commitment of the student to maintain this academic standard. The University and the PSB have the responsibility and authority to determine a student's fitness to continue attending a program or course offered at the PSB. This Policy is meant to aid in that determination.