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Ethical Use of Information: Intro


In the academic environment, ethical questions frequently arise around the use of information. This guide provides a conceptual overview and supplementary resources to assist with: recognizing and avoiding plagiarism, understanding copyright, evaluating fair use, locating images and music that are available for use, and considerations for showing videos.

Library Statement of Ethics

Every profession has ethical standards or codes. In 2018, the Clark Library developed its own Statement of Ethics as part of a project funded by a grant from the Dundon-Berchtold Institute.

The Clark Library adheres to the highest standard of professional ethics in furtherance of the University of Portland’s mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, and service and leadership.

We uphold the following:

  • Integrity – We conduct ourselves professionally and take responsibility for our actions.
  • Accountability – We are accountable to our profession and to our community. We commit ourselves to transparency and are good stewards of the university’s resources.
  • Excellence – We provide the highest level of service and instruction to our library users and commit ourselves to continuous learning and application of new knowledge.
  • Respect – We recognize the worth of each person and foster an environment of inclusiveness. We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and respect intellectual property rights.
  • Privacy – We support our users’ right to privacy and confidentiality in their use of library services and collections.

Syllabi Statement: Ethics of Information

A statement which faculty are required to include in course syllabi was developed by the Clark Library and approved by the Provost's Council in 2018.

The University of Portland is a community dedicated to the investigation and discovery of processes for thinking ethically and encouraging the development of ethical reasoning in the formation of the whole person. Using information ethically, as an element in open and honest scholarly endeavors, involves moral reasoning to determine the right way to access, create, distribute, and employ information including: considerations of intellectual property rights, fair use, information bias, censorship, and privacy. More information can be found at Clark Library’s guide on the Ethical Use of Information at | 503.943.7111 or 800.841.8261 | 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR 97203-5798
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