Ethics Code

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The Ethics Code (PDF) is a set of six core principles underpinning life at LSE. All members of the LSE community, including students, staff and governors, are expected to behave in line with the Ethics Code principles. The Code sets out how the School upholds the commitments and details the policies which support this.

The Ethics Guidance document (PDF) is integral to the Ethics Code and provides essential details on the core principles in the Code. The purpose of the Guidance is also to explain what each of the principles mean and how they should be applied in practice by members of the LSE community. 

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1. Responsibility and Accountability

In order to uphold our commitment to responsibility and accountability, we will:

1.1. Embed the principle of individual responsibility at every level of the School’s management and governance structures.

1.2. Raise concerns relating to ethical matters as they arise.

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2. Integrity

In order to uphold our commitment to integrity, we will:

1.1. Be honest and truthful.

1.2. Act in accordance with all relevant legislation and statutory requirements.

1.3. Declare interests and appropriately manage possible conflicts.

1.4. Be transparent and consistent in our decision making.

1.5. Maintain our independence in engaging with outside parties.

1.6. Conduct fundraising activities in line with the principles set out in the Ethics Code.

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3. Intellectual Freedom

In order to uphold our commitment to intellectual freedom, we will:

1.1. Protect individuals’ freedom of expression.

1.2. Uphold the freedom to research and convey research findings.

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4. Equality of Respect and Opportunity

In order to uphold our commitment to advancing equality of respect and opportunity, we will treat all people with (equal) dignity and respect and ensure that no person will be treated less favourably because of her/his role at the School, age, disability, gender (including gender identity), ethnicity and race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and social and economic background.

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5. Collegiality

In order to uphold our commitment to collegiality, we will promote within the School an inclusive and participatory working and social environment in which we encourage, support and behave appropriately to one another.

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6. Sustainability

In order to uphold our commitment to sustainability, we will minimise any negative impact we may have on the natural and built environment by effectively managing our resources.

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