Codes of Ethics for Computing at Colleges and Universities in the United States

Lester J. Pourciau


American colleges and universities are making great efforts to incorporate information technology into their curricula and to encourage, if not mandate, that students obtain computer accounts so that they might more effectively participate in the academic life and culture of their institutions. One might assume that commensurate efforts are being made to establish Codes of Ethics for the use of this technology. This paper addresses the degree to which American colleges and universities have promulgated Codes of Ethics as evidenced by their World Wide Web Home Pages. It reports on the examination of 50 college and university Home Pages selected at random for evidence of Codes of Ethics for computer use. Those Codes found are compared for commonality and for differences.