Legal and /or Ethical IssuesGrishma Doshi, Shirelyn Smith, Rodina Pinuela, Pearl Chaparro HSN/548April 29, 2014Linda Wetterau
Legal and /or Ethical IssuesThe state and federal government implemented sex education in schools in order to provide students reliable and accurate information needed to make a responsible decision to stay healthy (SEICUS, 2014). The integration of sexuality in the school curriculum presents an ethical and legal issue in the academic community. Ethical issues are about questions of right and wrong; it cannot be settled by an appeal to facts alone; and it should be distinguished from values. Legal issues arise as a consequence of not providing a positive, safe, and encouraging learning environment to students. Courses on topics of human sexuality might make some students uncomfortable while also being necessary for their education (American Association of University Professors, 2014). Education on sexuality has been a topic of heated arguments both in the university setting and out in the community. Sexuality issues relating to academic freedom, sexual harassment, parental responsibility, and teachers’ qualification are among the few ideas discussed. This paper is about legal and ethical issues related to the role of faculty member, analysis of the issues, and recommendations for possible solutions. Legal and Ethical Issue Related to the Role of the Faculty Member in Higher Education Ethical concerns related to teachers and teaching arises in an array of contexts. According to Bruess and Greenburg (2008), “Education in sexuality can create such an ordeal of ethical issues” (p. 314). These issues include same sex marriage, homosexuality, and abortion (Bruess & Greenburg, 2008). It is often difficult for sexuality educator to make the decision on how to incorporate these issues into teaching or answer the students’ questions. To determine whether a sexuality educator’s action is moral or immoral with his or her values, the...
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