Professional Expectations

For Library & Information Science Graduate Students at the University of Hawaii.


LIS graduate students are responsible for observing the highest standards of intellectual and personal honesty in every aspect of their careers at the University of Hawaii. The University’s Student Conduct Code represents a zero tolerance policy, the penalties for academic dishonesty are severe and ignorance is not an acceptable defense. Students are required to be familiar with University policies on academic integrity including:

The University of Hawaii Student Conduct Code
University of Hawaii Systemwide Student Conduct Code and Proscribed Conduct

The University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus Policies

UH Policy on Workplace Non-Violence


The field of Library and Information Science promotes ethical conduct of its members through published codes of ethics and standards of conduct. LIS students as pre-professionals are expected to adopt and to enact these standards and codes in their degree work in classes, written assignments, oral presentations, group work, at internship, practicum and fieldwork sites, and in personal, Internet and phone communications related to their LIS studies. Students are required to be familiar with the ethical guidelines of professional associations including but not limited to the following:

ALA Code of Ethics

Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Reference and Information Service Providers

ASIST Professional Guidelines

Society of American Archivists Code of Ethics

3.0 Principles of Ethical Conduct:

3.1 Propriety. Students should maintain high standards of personal conduct in the capacity of identity as a student of the University of Hawaii.

3.2 Competence and Growth. Students should strive to become proficient in academic performance and professional practice, functions, and activities.

3.3 Development of Knowledge. Students should take responsibility for identifying, developing, and fully utilizing knowledge for academic assignments and professional practice.

3.4 Scholarship and Research. Students engaged in study and research should be guided by the conventions of scholarly inquiry and academic integrity. Students must be familiar with and follow the requirements on each course syllabus.

3.5 Service. Students should regard as primary the service obligation to internship, practicum, fieldwork or community sites, as well as to student professional organizations.

3.6 Confidentiality. Students should respect the privacy of information users and hold in confidence all information obtained in the course of professional service at practicum, community, internship and fieldwork sites.

3.7 Commitments to Organizations. Students should adhere to commitments made to practicum, community, internship and fieldwork sites, as well as to student professional organizations.

3.8 Respect, Fairness and Courtesy. Students should treat staff, student colleagues, professionals and faculty with respect, courtesy, fairness, and good faith in all communication settings, including online, classrooms, group meetings, internship and fieldwork sites, and faculty and departmental offices.

3.9 Integrity. Students should act in accordance with the highest standards of professional integrity to uphold and advance the values, ethics, knowledge, and mission of the profession as outlined in professional codes of ethics and standards of conduct.

Approved by the LIS Faculty on 19 March 2007