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TEACHING ETHICS THROUGHOUT THE CURRICULUM

Case 16. Responsibilities of Academic Sociologists as Employees

Situation

Assistant Professor Norman Jules has been denied tenure and is hurt and angry at his colleagues. He has one year left on his contract, but begins to look for a new position. He is offered one in June, signs the contract in July for a position that starts in September. Two weeks before the semester begins, he gives notice to his current departmental chair. That is, after all, all the institution requires.         

Questions

  1. Does Professor Jules have any obligation to the institution that he believes treated him unjustly?
  2. Does he have any obligation to the students of that institution for whose education he is no longer responsible?

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