The Ethical Codex
- The creative, scientific and educational activities of the employees of the Department for Theatre Research follow these ethical guidelines:
- The basic values they strive for and that ought to represent the horizon of the high moral standard of their work are:
- Beneficence and Nonmaleficence – to do good, not to hurt and to cause others neither damage nor harm
- Fidelity and responsibility – professional relationships are based on trust, both among co-workers and among all those involved in the projects or those who are the subjects of research
- Integrity – to promote accuracy, honesty and truthfulness in scientific, educational and creative work
- Justice – through a fair and just approach everyone can benefit from the contributions of their scientific and creative work
- Respect for People’s Rights and Dignity – the employees respect the dignity and worth of all people regardless of their age, sex, gender identity, national origin, religion, convictions, political views, sexual orientation, disability, language and socio-economic status. The employees take all of these factors into consideration in their work so as to maintain dignity both of their own and of those with whom they come into contact.
- The employees do not conceal any conflict of interests in which their work for the Department may place them, particularly those that relate to the financial resources (grants, subsidies, commercial sphere), personal ties, political and institutional affiliations or other significant relationships. Each such conflict of interests is declared in relevant publications and outcomes and must not impinge upon the impartiality of the employees or influence the correctness and adequacy of their work.
- In case the employee collaborates on a project with or renders services to a third party, the relationships between the Department, the employee and the third party are clearly and transparently defined, including divisions in the use of resources and publications or other outcomes. The parties involved must not ever be deceived, no party may benefit from the results of the work of the others or from resources to which it gained access through the others without the awareness and consent of the other parties.
- In their scientific and creative work within the Department the employees pay attention to acquiring an informed consent of all project participants with whom they work. This consent must be recorded in audio, video or written form and must always contain a clear and explicit identification of the employee and the employee’s intention; moreover, the fact that the party s/he works with understands the intention and agrees with it must be apparent from the record. At all times it must be clear under what circumstances any participant in the scientific or creative activity may withdraw from it without running any risk. Regarding educational activities the employees ensure that their students have been informed about assessment methods, comprehend their duties, have sufficient room for feedback and consultation and realize in what manner and to whom they can address their potential objections.
- In all creative and scientific work, even if it is a part of the educational process, each participant must at all times have a right to withdraw from the work on personal grounds. This right to “say stop” is particularly significant in the field of art, where the employees may cross boundaries of personal, intimate and existential space of those they examine or those with whom they work.
- Regarding their publication activities, the employees will avoid plagiarism, data falsification, doubling of outcomes and repeated publication/s with the sole purpose of obtaining merit for publication work (repeated publication is allowed in the cases in which it is relevant and it takes place with the awareness and consent of all parties involved). If an employee retroactively detects an error in an already published outcome, s/he will promptly report the fact to the publisher and follow the publisher’s instruction concerning the ways in which the error may be rectified (errata).
- The employees save and archive the source data they have used for their creative and scientific process and, in legitimate cases, provide them for review and verification of publication outcomes or statements declared therein.
- In case the employees of the Department participate as reviewers on an evaluation of artistic or scientific outcomes, they preserve the confidentiality of acquired information, they do not make it public, and they refrain from using it even in their scientific, creative and educational work without the awareness and consent of the other party. The reviewer proceeds with respect, justice and awareness of the seriousness of her/his role. S/he will abstain from any kind of disparaging actions.
- In their publication activity and the presentation of the outcomes of their artistic work the employees pay scrupulous attention to giving publication credits to all those who collaborated on the project either through article co-authorship or acknowledgements, or, in case of artistic outcomes, by listing them in a notice or programme. Co-authorship is always negotiated in advance so as to honour the rights of all those who were involved in the project to a significant degree. They do not employ the others‘ outcomes without declaring their authorship. They do not misuse the work of their students or other researchers or artists with whom they work to their own advantage and without declaring the source.
This codex is based on the values of the codex of ethical principles of the APA (http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx ), which has been adapted and modified to conform to the working conditions at the Department.