Conduct and Ethics


Regular employees of a company are under contract to place the requirements and benefit of the company above other professional considerations. Students, on the other hand, belong to a university, an establishment where (theoretically, at least) the free circulation of ideas has priority over commercial considerations. SIP students must be aware that their internship placement may temporarily limit their academic freedom. They must also recognize that, although they may be treated as employees of the company, they remain students and are viewed by their fellow employees as representatives of the Department and the University. The following code is intended to offer students guidelines in balancing these sometimes conflicting demands and ideals.

Commitment to the Company

For the duration of your placement you will be expected to adhere to company rules and policy, to work consistently for the required number of hours, to cooperate with your fellow workers, and to help the company and its other employees advance in their work.

The projects with which you are involved belong exclusively to the company. You must not use this material in work that you are doing for another agent, nor may you use it in your future studies without the written permission of the company.

Commitment to the Department

Your conduct as a SIP student reflects directly on the reputation of the Department, and therefore on how University of Alberta Computing Science degrees are valued in the community at large; that is to say, it reflects on your own future employability.

You have great potential to enhance the reputation of the Department through your honesty, diligence, readiness to work with others, ability to accept advice, and through your commitment to the projects you are working on.

Commitment to Personal Values

The acceptance of your placement does not compel you to work on a project that appears to be illegal or that contravenes a personal ethical value. If a problem of this kind arises, discuss it with your supervisor at work or with the SIP Director in the Department of Computing Science (or both).

If a project that you are working on seems likely to challenge (or undermine) the status or ability of a co-worker, discuss this matter with your supervisor. You should not be expected to review the work of a co-worker without the explicit knowledge of that person.