For faculty, ethical responsibility in the classroom is defined in Board Policy 402.01 (), which identifies academic freedom as integral to inquiry and exploration, as well as producing habits of responsible inquiry in students. The policy also tempers the potential pitfalls of academic freedom by elaborating:
The protection of the prerogative of academic freedom requires a conscientious, responsible staff. Professional staff members should uphold the dignity of the College in all their activities; set an example of integrity, tolerance and decency for their students; and maintain high standards of scholarship and personal conduct.
Sauk provides oversight and support services to ensure the integrity of research and practice conducted by faculty in a variety of contexts:
Sauk Valley Community College is an institution dedicated to continuous instructional improvement. As part of our assessment efforts, it is necessary for us to collect and analyze course-level data. Data drawn from students’ work for the purposes of institutional assessment will be collected and posted in aggregate, and will not identify individual students. Your continued support in our on-going effort to provide quality instructional services at Sauk is appreciated.A sampling of syllabi conducted for spring 2010 showed that ten of ten syllabi were in compliance in having incorporated the assessment statement.
As a direct result of general education competency assessment discussions, the faculty has also engaged in several projects which have created resources for faculty to use in the classroom. For example, a cross-discipline discussion of the changing face of electronic research resulted in the English faculty creating a concise guide for faculty who wish to employ research-based writing in the classroom, describing how the standards of citation have recently changed to include emerging electronic content.