Colleges and universities often function as small towns with their own habits, expectations and unwritten rules. One of the most important "laws" on campus is the college code of conduct. These documents generally state the values of the college and provide guidance on specific rules and punishments that can be dealt to students and student behavior generally. In some cases, violating the college code of conduct can lead to being expelled from the university. Other parts of the code sometimes spell out how you can appeal a college decision you disagree with. In any case, it is worth your time to become familiar with your college's code of conduct. The college code of conduct is a statement of the rules that must be followed by students during their studies. These documents often state the college's values as well as explaining what is expected of students on campus. 1.2 Statement of the problem
In higher education institutions knowing students attitude towards the Students Code of Conduct is very important in achieving the vision and mission of the institution set at its very foundation. Students Code of Conduct plays indispensable role in maintaining harmonious relation among students and teachers particularly and between the communities of the university generally. However it doesn’t mean that a mere having of Students Code of Conduct can maintain the needed relation between the university communities. In order to maintain and protect good relation among the members of the university community, having a more developed Students Code of Conduct which doesn’t create negative attitude on students is needed. A Students Code of Conduct that creates bad attitude on students and not easily acceptable by the students, rather than enforcing good relation among the members of the university community, hinders the existing relation among them and thus the university can’t achieve the goals which it was established to achieve. For example among other things a university can’t regulate issues relating to academic misconduct, cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and the like. Moreover it will not be able to administer the interaction of students and teachers. So it is necessary to have a Students Code of Conduct which helps the university in maintaining a good relationship between its communities. But having such Students Code of Conduct in reality is not as easy as having in theory. In order to have a Students Code of Conduct which is supportive to the university achieving its goals, it is necessary to know students attitude towards the issue. Based up on these premises, this paper intends to analyze first year social work students’ attitude towards the university Students’ Code of Conduct.
1.3 Objective of the study
The primary intentions of conducting the research are
1. Identifying how first year social work students are familiar with the university Students’ Code of Conduct. 2. Identifying those students attitude (Positive/Negative) towards the Students’ Code of Conduct. 3. Reason out why students fell so.
1.4 Significance of the study
The conduction of this research has direct and indirect significance to Addis Ababa University as well as other universities. To mention some, it gives a clue to the university to design policies which will provide facilities helping students to improve their knowledge of the Students’ Code of Conduct. Improvement of students’ knowledge of the Code of Conduct eases the maintenance of harmonious relation between students, in particular, and the university community in general. The attainment harmonious relation among the community of the university boosts the achievement of the mission of the university. So this research, by far, will increase the capacity of the university in maintaining good interrelations among students and in achieving its purposes in which it was established. Another importance of the study is that it gives a highlight to the...
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