Uniarts Helsinki’s Code of Conduct

With the help of the Code of Conduct, we make sure that our work environment is safe, healthy and inspiring.

The Code of Conduct concerns each and every member of the university community regardless of their position or role. Each member of the community is expected to be familiar with the Code of Conduct and be committed to complying with its principles.

Main principles of the Code of Conduct

  • I act in a way that is ethically sustainable and responsible.
  • Everything I do is based on an effort to contribute to interaction that is community-oriented, constructive, inclusive and respectful of human dignity. By creating a positive, encouraging and open culture of interaction, I aim to make everyone feel that they are valuable members of the community.
  • I do not cause harm to other people or condone the harming of anyone.
  • I intervene if I observe unethical conduct.
  • I am aware of the internal power structures within the university and of my own position of power.
  • I promote equality and non-discrimination and play my own part in building a safe and healthy study and work environment.
  • I promote sustainable development and the effort to find a solution to the sustainability crisis.
  • I comply with all legislation, decrees, rules and regulations related to my work or studies and the university operations.

Code of conducts

Pedagogical interaction

  • I create a respectful and encouraging atmosphere for teaching, studying and learning.
  • I am aware of the power structures related to pedagogical interaction and the risks that involve the misuse of such power. I support the inclusivity of the parties involved in this interaction when it comes to their learning process. • I ensure that our pedagogical interaction is inclusive and free of discrimination.
  • I support the wellbeing, equality and non-discrimination of the individuals participating in the university’s pedagogical interaction and strengthen the sense of meaning that they find in their activities.
  • I organise pedagogical interaction responsibly with consideration of the requirements of ecological, social and cultural sustainability and the multi-faceted questions related to the participants’ consent.
  • I am aware that pedagogical interaction may lead to experiences that have wellbeingrelated effects that do not become apparent until later.
  • I intervene if I observe unethical conduct in pedagogical interaction and contribute to an ethically sustainable and safe learning environment.
  • I am aware that working as a teacher requires the internalising of the values and ethical principles related to the teaching profession. 
  • As a student, I am aware of my role as a responsible member of the university community.

Research

  • I comply with the principles for the responsible conduct of research. I am familiar with and comply with the RCR guidelines issued by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity. I employ responsible data acquisition, research and evaluation methods in my research.
  • I am aware that the responsible conduct of research concerns artistic research, too. I understand that the freedom of art does not constitute grounds for neglecting the responsible conduct of research.
  • I am aware that working as a researcher requires the completion of research training and that learning about responsibility and openness is an integral part of developing a researcher’s expertise. Even as a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral student, I am responsible for making sure my research activities are ethical.
  • I am aware that reflection on ethical questions and the assessment of risks begins in the planning stage of research activities and lasts throughout the entire research process; it also involves research communications.

Artistic activities

  • I am aware of my ethical responsibility and position of power as an artist and as a participant in artistic activities.
  • I respect the safety, privacy, data protection rights and autonomy of individuals who participate in my artistic activities as well as anyone who serves as the object, material or audience of my artistic activities.
  • As an artist, I use methods that are ethically sound and acknowledge the contributions and achievements of other people when participating in artistic activities. I respect authorship and copyrights.
  • I promote freedom of speech, respect human rights and consider in advance the effects of my artistic activities on individuals, communities and society.

Community-oriented and societal interaction

  • Through my activities, I promote an inclusive and equal community that is characterised by its wellbeing and non-discrimination and where all community members have the chance to influence matters.
  • When participating in community decision-making, I promote openness, transparency and inclusivity.
  •  In my role as a member and representative of the university community, I act honestly and openly and defend justice, equality, non-discrimination and the freedom of the individual and the community.
  • I communicate my activities truthfully and openly

Ethical roles

Members of the Uniarts Helsinki community act in a variety of roles: students, teachers, researchers, experts and supervisors. The same person may adopt multiple roles, which may then entail ethical expectations that are in conflict with each other or that otherwise give rise to tension. In these kinds of situations, the principle of avoiding causing harm outweighs all other ethical principles.

Becoming familiar with the Code of Conduct

Each member of the Uniarts Helsinki community is expected to be familiar with the Code of Code and be committed to complying with its principles, which is why each and every community member is introduced to the Code in their work. New employees will be introduced to the Code as part of their induction, as will visiting employees. As for existing employees, it is the supervisor’s duty to go through the Code of Conduct in a way that makes everyone understand the purpose of the Code’s ethical principles in their own work. Students must be introduced to the Code of Conduct as part of their student orientation. The head of the unit providing teaching must ensure that students become familiar with the purpose of the Code of Conduct in their activities in the university community.

More information

Lauri Väkevä
Vice rector