Unified Code of Ethics
Academic and Administrative Employees
University of San Carlos
The Code of Ethics of the University of San Carlos aims for an exemplary standard for the moral conduct of its academic and administrative personnel, as expressed in the USC Motto:  Scientia, Virtus, Devotio.  This Code is built on the understanding that the University,

  • as a Catholic institution, shall foster in word and in deed the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • as an SVD institution, shall promote the spirituality and missionary ideals of the Society of the Divine Word

  • as a Filipino institution, shall inculcate the values and traditions of the Filipino people, and cultivate respect for the beliefs of other faiths and cultures.

Academic and administrative employees of the University shall observe the following standards of personal and professional conduct in the discharge of their duties and responsibilities:
Integrity.  Academic and administrative employees shall reflect in their personal and professional life the ideals of the Catholic university as “an academic community, which, in a rigorous and critical fashion, assists in the protection and advancement of human dignity and of a cultural heritage through research, teaching and extension services to the local, national and international communities” (Apostolic Exhortation Ex Corde Ecclesiae, 1990).
Excellence.  Academic employees shall constantly strive to attain the highest standards in their respective fields; administrative employees, the highest quality of service in support of the University’s educational mission.
Commitment.  Academic and administrative employees shall bear in mind that the ultimate goal of the University is the transformation of communities, especially in the Visayas and Mindanao, through the provision of quality basic and higher education.
Social Responsibility.  Academic and administrative employees shall strive to provide themselves and the students an understanding of and effective tools for  addressing the prevailing social realities in the country. As far as possible, they shall volunteer their expertise and contribute to effective social and civic programs in the local community, through initiatives organized by themselves, their respective departments and relevant external organizations.
Evangelization.  Academic and administrative employees shall seek to understand the values and mores of local cultures and enrich them through gospel values and the teachings of the Church.  In a privileged manner, they shall, in solidarity with the Philippine Southern Province of the Society of Divine Word, support the missionary apostolate in the Visayas and Mindanao.
Leadership.  Academic and administrative employees, not only in positions of authority but also in their own personal capacity, shall strive to set the conditions for reflection and learning on their respective educational tasks, both in their departments and in the local community, foster norms of behavior befitting a Witness to the Word and exhibit these norms in their own way of life. 

Section 1.    Employee Attitude
    • At the start of employment at the University, an employee becomes a member of a Catholic University  and as such is expected to respect the ideals, beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church and the Society of the Divine Word.
    • The employee shall be accountable in the appropriation and use of the University resources.
    • The employee shall be encouraged to further his own professional growth through continuing education.
Section 2.   Employee-Administrator Relationship
    • The employee shall, in expressing his concern

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