School of Global Business

Business Code of Professionalism and Ethics

Professionalism Expectations of Students

As a student in the School of Global Business, you are considered a professional in the career of business. Faculty in the School of Global Business expect every student in and out of the classroom to engage in conduct consistent with the professional and ethical behavior that a business organization would expect of their employees.

The behaviors of this Code of Professionalism and Ethics is a general set of behavioral expectations that would apply to a business person, while working in a team, meeting with a client or interacting with their supervisor/superiors. As a guide for students, consider how you would interact and behave in a business environment and apply the equivalent standard to your in-class and out-of-class interactions. The professionalism, or lack of, is considered part of your academic progress.

Devote the necessary time outside of class each week to prepare for your class. Expect to spend 2-3 hours per week on coursework for every credit hour earned in class. For example, a 4 credit business course represents approximately 4 hours of classroom time; and 8-12 hours per week in outside classroom time. Students taking a full-time schedule of 12 credit hours should be dedicating 24-36 hours each week.

In the classroom
  • Arrive on time to class, prepared to engage in the day’s topics and activities.
  • Attend all classes and if unable, notify the professor as soon as you know you will be unable to attend for reasons of illness or emergency.
  • Keep cell phones and other electronic devices turned off during class.
  • Respect your colleagues and faculty by refraining from disruptive behavior, including engaging in non-class activities, sleeping in class, speaking with your peers during the class on non-academic  topics and leaving class before the professor has dismissed the class.
  • Students should address faculty as “Professor” or “Dr.” Calling faculty by their first name is not appropriate.
  • Notify the instructor in advance of a need for accommodation of a disability that has been verified by the University.
  • Take responsibility for what transpired if you miss class and respect the policies of Arcadia University and your instructor’s guidelines in the syllabus.
  • Participate in all classroom activities.
  • Foster academic honesty.   
Outside the classroom
  • Treat all email correspondence as professional communications.
  • As a member of a team, attend all team meetings and fully contribute to the group’s discussions, presentations and work products.
  • Respect the need to plan ahead and schedule tasks so that each group member has ample opportunity to meet academic obligations.
  • Be a responsible member of your group that is respectful of each individual and their right to receive an education.
  • Be gracious and respectful with working professionals and faculty who take time to interact with  you in and outside the classroom.
  • Honor appointments with advisors, employers, faculty and staff.
  • Dress appropriately for School of Global Business events, especially if outside professionals are in attendance.
  • Foster academic honesty.

Professional Expectations of Faculty

Faculty are expected to act professionally, have the highest regard for students’ progress and welfare, and provide current and effective instruction. Faculty fulfill their professional obligations by having passion for their fields and stimulate critical thinking and creativity. Faculty will conduct themselves as responsible professionals with their students, with all faculty adhering to the standards of professional behavior.

In the classroom
  • Arrive on time to class prepared to engage in the day's topics.
  • Maintain the depth and breadth of knowledge in the field and communicate that knowledge to the students.
  • Treat all students fairly, ensuring equal application of the class standards and requirements.
  • Respect students’ desire to excel in their academic accomplishments by providing them with the courtesy and time they need to succeed.
  • Promote academic honesty.
Outside the classroom
  • Be available for posted office hours, unless changes are communicated to students directly.
  • Maintain quality academic records for students for each semester and post grades based on the deadlines imposed by Arcadia University.
  • Counsel and advise students on their chosen field of study and other academic matters.
  • Promote academic honesty.