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I'm in an Ethics class and I need to create a personal code of ethics using one of the major ethical framework as a guide. I have to examine the professional code of ethics for a career field in Criminal Justice (preferable Crime Scene Investigation and analyze the ethical dilemmas for this field.

I should include how the personal code of ethics compare to the professional code of ethics; discuss the differences between the two code of ethics; how the personal code compare to the unwritten code associated with this profession and any differences; characterize the ethical framework use to construct the personal code of ethics; and examine if the personal code of ethics seem to match the ethical standards required for the profession? why or why not? Then I have to compose my research and conclusions in a 1,750- to 2,450 word paper. I would like someone to help me find any information pertaining to this assignment (anything that can assist me in completing this assignment will be great). Be sure to include any references.

Thanks, any assistance is greatly appreciated.

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Interesting topic! Let's take a closer look through discussion and research to help get you started. I also attached two excellent resources.


This is an interesting assignment! The questions can act as a tentative outline for your paper, and it might look something to the effect:

I. Introduction (e.g. ¼ - ½ page, introduce topic; include purpose statement: the purpose of this paper is to...; list of things to expect in the paper: First, it looks at a personal code of ethics, and so on...)

II. Codes of Ethics
a. Personal Code of Ethics
b. Professional Code of Ethics
c. Comparing the two

III. Ethical framework used to construct the personal code of ethics

IV. Discussion and conclusion
a. Does personal code of ethics seem to match the ethical standards required for the profession? Why or why not?
b. Sum up main points

V. Conclusion

Now let's look at some information for each section from various sources for you to consider.

1. I should include how the personal code of ethics, using one major ethical framework as a guide.

Ethical Codes and Principles are intended to be guiding principles for personal behavior as well as for good corporate governance or "best practice" principles, which are intended to be the best way to meet the mission, goals and objectives of the corporation.

Have you taken specific ethical frameworks in your course? Which one makes the most sense to you? See an excellent resource of the different ethical frameworks to consider in the attached resource, which is also available on-line at http://ethics.sandiego.edu/. (e.g. Justice (http://ethics.sandiego.edu/theories/Justice/index.asp) or Religion-based (http://ethics.sandiego.edu/theories/Religion/index.asp) etc.)

One way to help in this process of formulating a personal code of ethics is to look at examples of other personal codes of ethics to see the types of values that others have included in their personal code of ethics. I also attached a guide to follow of what to include in a personal code of ethics document. Notice, that your personal code of ethics takes some reflective thought of where and how you have come to see the world and what is important. This often involves brainstorming what is important to you. What do you value? Based of a framework of Equity and Justice, honesty, integrity, respect for others, sense of duty, fairness and justice, treating all people equal and with the respect each person deserves, equity, and so forth are some values that usually come to mind. By looking at the examples of other personal code of ethics, it often helps us in this process of determining what is important to us. What is it that we value in our personal lives that can be applied to our job situation? Are there some discrepancies that need to be dealt with or adjusted e.g., conflicting values, and so forth? See the attached article.

The following examples might be helpful, and as you read through them perhaps you could be thinking about whether or not these values are also part of your own personal code of ethics.

EXAMPLE 1: Personal Code of Ethics: A Living Document

Prepared by: Edward J. VanBeers, II, Elmira College Graduate Student (February, 2001)

Through rigorous research and reflection, I have developed a live document to be known as my personal philosophy of adult education, which serves as the basis for my personal code of ethics. I will revisit this code as needed throughout my professional career to ensure its professional relevance and value, and to make any needed modifications as will promote the profession of adult education. The drafting and support of this code will define my place as an educator of adults and is intended not only as my professional guiding reference, but dedicated to the benefit of adult learners, administrators, and colleagues alike.

The basic tenets of my code are:
· Personal conduct
· Equal Treatment
· Respect
· Lawful living
· Self-direction
· Personal commitment
· Life-long learner
· Objectivity
· Ethical practice as the example
· The "art" of negotiating in good faith
· Accountability
· Constructive Dialogue
· Professional representation
· Personal Critical Reflection
· Evaluation & Feedback
· Values, Morals and Resolutions
· The live document

In consideration of my personal philosophy, and my personal commitment to educating adults, I offer the following seventeen statements as my guiding practice:

1. I will conduct myself as an ethical person in my private life, and as an ethical professional in my dealings with learners, colleagues and others in which I may encounter in all my undertakings.

2. I will offer to each adult learner the insight of my combined knowledge and developed skills in a manner that is offered and received without prejudice, judgment, or predetermined notions of any adult learner's ability, disability, religious beliefs, learning style, age, socioeconomic status, social or professional standing, gender, race, and ethnicity.

3. I will conduct myself in a supportive, but professional, manner in all my dealings with adult learners and colleagues, setting the standard and putting forth the highest respect in my professional relationships with others.

4. I will refrain from any and all activities which may be construed as unethical, or which may violate written and unwritten codes of professional and personal conduct, rules, regulations and similar standards of the profession of adult education, and/or the laws of jurisdictions.

5. I will encourage adult learners to participate in the planning and development of their educational experiences to the extent of challenging them to reach their full academic and personal potential, and provide the environment supportive to such self-directed success.

6. I will continue my whole-hearted commitment to developing quality programs, tools, resources and delivery methods to the benefit of adult education.

7. I will continue the development of myself as a lifelong ...

Solution Summary

Through illustrative examples, this solution provides assistance on developing a personal code of ethics, including a theoretical framework. An example of professional code of ethics is provided as well as ethical dilemmas in the field of criminal justice. Comparisons are then made between personal and professional standards. Supplemented with information on ethical frameworks and personal code of ethics. Links are also provided for further research.