Silliman University celebrates friendships predicated on Christian fellowship. Its faculty, staff and students form a community of friends and colleagues who all seek to live and to relate to each other in accordance to this Code.


We recognize that

  1. Silliman University is an institution of higher learning founded on and proclaiming the evangelical tradition of the Christian faith and seeks unity and cooperation in the best tradition of the ecumenical movement;

  2. Silliman University is a ministry of multilevel Christian education, and as such the University recognizes and respects its own Christian ideals, heritage and traditions, and its faith on Jesus Christ as "the Way, the Truth and the Life", in the sense stated in the Holy Bible;

  3. Silliman University is an enabler of great learning by building in each person a unity of competence, character and faith and with a deep sense of social responsibility;

  4. Silliman University is a community of persons seeking to build personal and collective development, and which affirms the fundamental dignity of all human beings and of the integrity of God's creation;

  5. Each person in the University - faculty, staff, student, alumni, friend - is a repository of the unique heritage and traditions of Silliman University; each embodying a part of its heritage and tradition; and

  6. Silliman University is a corporation governed by the laws of the Republic of the Philippines and derives both entitlements from and obligations to the same.


Professional Conduct

  1. Everyone in Silliman is a professional colleague to the others - the faculty, students, staff, alumni, guests, friends - who all exercise their respective roles and functions which all form part of the University system. Each one is to relate to the others in the best professional and personal manner as would accord the highest dignity and value to each one -

    • faculty to other faculty, and to all staff, students, alumni and friends; 
    • staff to other staff, and to all faculty, students, alumni and friends and 
    • students to other students, and to all faculty, staff, alumni and friends.
  2. As colleagues in the University, everyone is expected to accord everyone else the highest esteem, the most refined language of respect, and the best work and quality of service or output. No one should solicit from anyone, any work, service or output that is not directly relevant to a professional undertaking or relationship occasioned in the classroom or other recognized and specified workplaces in the University or under any related learning experience (RLE), service learning or volunteerism program approved by the University;

  3. Students are expected to fully understand and be supportive of the vision, mission and goals of the University and of their respective colleges and departments.

  4. Honesty. Everyone is expected to observe honesty in all academic conduct and work in the University.

  5. Discipline. Everyone is .expected to observe the highest level of discipline in complying with time, academic, ethical and other requirements, policies, and laws.

  6. Stewardship. Everyone is expected to respect any property of the University and of other members of the University;

  7. Everyone should refrain from using one's position or function in the University whether as faculty, staff or student, to gain and obtain personal entitlements, advantages or benefits of any kind (monetary or otherwise) that are not sanctioned nor allowed by the terms of one's professional engagement or contracted employment in the University;
    Gift giving and gift-receiving, whether in cash or in kind, in consideration of any special act in giving a passing grade, granting of honors, or for other entitlements, are strictly prohibited.

  8. Each and every one should protect each other from any form of harassment wherein by reason of superior power, capacity to intimidate, or moral ascendancy, a person exacts services, goods, or favors from another, whether or not with malice or for gains.
    Faculty members, administrative personnel or staff, student leaders or any person who exercises moral ascendancy over another are prohibited from using sexually colored language, insinuating sexual interest, or gaining sexual favors.

  9. Service. All members of the community are encouraged to express social consciousness or perform religious duty in voluntary service for those in need within the community and the larger society.

  10. Equal opportunities and Non discrimination:

    • Everyone must respect and be tolerant of the religion, ethnicity, opinion and gender orientation of the other members of the University.
    • Teachers shall in no way consider a student's course, gender, marital status, family status, gender orientation, religion, age, disability, race, ethnicity and socio economic status as a factor in the computation of grades.
    • No person shall be given special treatment on the basis of congeniality, relation, status or anything of such nature.
  11. Scholarship. The development of knowledge depends upon high personal standards of scholarly conduct and mutual trust. Members of the University should respect the professional activities of their colleagues, and should not engage in actions that would impede the reasonable professional activities of colleagues. Moreover, everyone should not have prejudice over certain individuals, communities, agencies or institutions nor against a colleague for personal advantage. Professional conflicts should be dealt with in a collegial manner in accordance with the rules or policies of the University.

  12. Confidentiality. Everyone should maintain confidentiality of any information regarding their colleagues and should not undermine the confidentiality of academic research or publicize confidential proceedings of appointment and promotion committees. Student records are considered confidential unless confidentiality is waived or allowed by law or by university policy.


a. Academic Freedom

  1. Everyone has the general duty to promote the growth and spread of knowledge of the highest academic standards, protect academic freedom, and promote a working environment appropriate to these aims. Originality and quality should always take precedence over quantity as criteria for assessing academic performance.

  2. Teachers are obliged to provide and students are entitled to be provided in a timely manner, adequate information on the content of courses, program choice, modes of assessment and appeals procedures, as well as a dynamic and relevant course syllabus or outline.

  3. Students are also entitled to prompt and fair evaluation of their work and/or class performances; and to the keeping of full and proper records of their progress. 

  4. Teachers shall establish classroom engagement strategies that support differentiated learning in a way that respects the dignity of all students.

  5. Teachers shall seek to engage students in order to develop teaching strategies that are appropriate.

  6. A grievance procedure shall be available to all members of the University and such grievance procedure should ensure the respect for basic rights of individuals pursuant to laws, regulations and policies of the University.

  7. Research activities should be reported accurately and disseminated as is reasonable. Members of the University should not undertake sponsored research which would damage or impair the academic integrity of their professional conduct.

  8. Intellectual property rights. Members of the community should not claim credit for the research and intellectual property of others, but should give due credit to the contributions of others in collaborative work.

b. Human Rights

  1. Everyone shall be accorded the fundamental right to information, freedom of association, of speech, and of religion, equal opportunities and (non discrimination, pursuant to the constitution, existing laws and university policies and regulations.

  2. Each one is entitled to his political opinion and to be involved in political affairs in such manner as is allowed under the constitution, the laws, and the policies of the University.