Code of Ethics in Health Education

Ethics – “is a system of determing whether an action is moral (right or good) or immoral (wrong or bad); and that rightness or wrongness is determined by using a system called ethics.”
Greenberg (2001)

Nonmalfeasance – no harm.

Beneficence – obligation to people.

Autonomy – freedom to decide.

Justice – fairness or equal treatment.

Instructions for completing the assignment:

  1. Review the 9 situations before the board.
  2. Determine the health education ethical article/section involved.
  3. Determine whether a violation has occurred.
  4. Make recommendations for enforcement you feel a violation has occurred.
  5. For each scenario, state the problem, cite the violation (refer to Code of Ethics), place an “X” for the recommendation.
  6. The assignment must be typed.

Scenarios

  1. For the second time, a teacher has been accused by a student of inappropriate touching and sexual harassment.

What is the problem?

Cite violation: Article __; Section __

Recommendation for violation (select one):
_ None, mentor the person Hearing or warning
Removal from duties Suspension/Administrative leave
CHES title removed _
Fire employee

  1. A health educator has used derogatory sexual and racial epitaphs in an educational program and in department meetings.

What is the problem?

Cite violation: Article __; Section __

Recommendation for violation (select one):
_ None, mentor the person Hearing or warning
Removal from duties Suspension/Administrative leave
CHES title removed _
Fire employee

  1. A professor has published an article with a long paragraph of materials that was written by someone else, and citation of that person was not provided.

What is the problem?

Cite violation: Article __; Section __

Recommendation for violation (select one):
_ None, mentor the person Hearing or warning
Removal from duties Suspension/Administrative leave
CHES title removed _
Fire employee

  1. A professor has a partner taking his/her college class, and students have filed a grievance because of this relationship.

What is the problem?

Cite violation: Article __; Section __

Recommendation for violation (select one):
_ None, mentor the person Hearing or warning
Removal from duties Suspension/Administrative leave
CHES title removed _
Fire employee

  1. A health educator consistently comes to work smelling of alcohol. The person has previously been through a drug treatment program, but the problem persists.

What is the problem?

Cite violation: Article __; Section __

Recommendation for violation (select one):
_ None, mentor the person Hearing or warning
Removal from duties Suspension/Administrative leave
CHES title removed _
Fire employee

  1. It has become known that a health educator assisted his friend with a suicide after many long hours of explanation of his friend/professional colleague’s terminal illness.

What is the problem?

Cite violation: Article __; Section __

Recommendation for violation (select one):
_ None, mentor the person Hearing or warning
Removal from duties Suspension/Administrative leave
CHES title removed _
Fire employee

  1. A community health educator conducting a sexuality workshop is asked about abortion. The educator states that anyone who has or performs an abortion is going to hell, and then cites Bible passages reflecting his/her opinion.

What is the problem?

Cite violation: Article __; Section __

Recommendation for violation (select one):
_ None, mentor the person Hearing or warning
Removal from duties Suspension/Administrative leave
CHES title removed _
Fire employee

  1. On an advertisement for a health education position, an individual always insists the statement “must demonstrate a healthy lifestyle” be included.

What is the problem?

Cite violation: Article __; Section __

Recommendation for violation (select one):
_ None, mentor the person Hearing or warning
Removal from duties Suspension/Administrative leave
CHES title removed _
Fire employee

  1. At a health fair being conducted in a mall, a health educator displays an educational collage showing several naked bodies in provocative positions.

What is the problem?

Cite violation: Article __; Section __

Recommendation for violation (select one):
_ None, mentor the person Hearing or warning
Removal from duties Suspension/Administrative leave
CHES title removed _
Fire employee