Ethical Policy

LCMT recognises that it has an obligation to all its stakeholders to observe and maintain the highest ethical standards. These standards must be upheld in the day-today activities of all members of the College. The LCMT Ethics Policy articulates the general principles that will guide all members of the College in meeting these standards.They are developed into more  specific practices relevant to particular areas of activity (e.g. teaching etc) and particular members of the College (e.g. students, staff etc).

OVERVIEW OF GENERAL VALUES

  • In all LCMT activities it is important to develop and promote a set of core values relevant to its mission and to provide high quality learning opportunities for students.
  • As an institution LCMT accepts that those values must be in conformity with the following principles.
    •  Selflessness
    •  Integrity
    •  Objectivity
    •  Accountability
    •  Openness
    •  Honesty
    •  Leadership
  • LCMT recognises its obligations to all those with whom it has dealings –students, employees, suppliers, other educational institutions and the wider community.
  • The reputation of LCMT, including the trust and confidence of those with whom it deals, is one of its most vital assets, the protection of which is of fundamental importance.
  • LCMT demands and maintains the highest ethical standards in carrying out its activities.
  • In its dealings with individuals LCMT will adhere to the principles of natural justice and individuals civil and human rights.
  • LCMT will seek to encourage a culture of openness aimed at ensuring that matters connected with the operation of the College can be discussed frankly with staff and students. LCMT will adopt and maintain procedures on whistle blowing which will enable concerns to be raised on a confidential basis,where that is appropriate, both inside, and if necessary outside the organisation.
  • LCMT is committed to securing equality of opportunity for staff and students alike and to discharging its legal duties under relevant discrimination legislation.

ETHICAL VALUES TO MARKETING AND RECRUITMENT OF STUDENTS

  • The marketing of education services overseas should be consistent with the maintenance of academic standards and safeguarding of the interests of both LCMT and international students.
  • LCMT will promote accurately and honestly all educational programmes in terms of quality, standing and availability.
  • LCMT has a clearly enunciated policy for all staff, representatives / agents with respect to the promotion and marketing of education services overseas.
  • LCMT acknowledges the need for good practice to ensure fairness in promotion and marketing of educational services overseas with regard to
  • The interests of both local and international students
  • The perceived quality of the education
  • The cultural and educational relationships among countries
  • Differences between LCMT and competitors should be portrayed in a comprehensible and accurate way so as to project a cooperative marketing image to the target countries. No false or misleading comparisons should be drawn with any other provider.
  • LCMT should promote themselves in a professional and ethical manner and should ensure that all marketing activities reflect best practice.
  • LCMT seeks to offer a rewarding experience to all its students to support their future careers, on courses clearly described and based on the transmission of up-to-date knowledge on fundamentals and their application.
  • LCMT believes that integrity in dealing with its students or prospective students is a prerequisite for success, and an important statement of the values it offers. The College will not deliberately give inadequate or misleading information on its learning programmes or other services.
  • In all advertising and public communications, LCMT will avoid untruth, concealment and overstatement about its programmes, achievements and services.
  • LCMT will avoid recruitment practices that involve the offer of improper

VALUES RELATING TO OUR EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS

  • LCMT is committed to collaborative arrangements that will benefit the institution and its students. Where the College is competing with others, the LCMT will compete vigorously, but honestly with other educational institutions offering similar learning opportunities.
  • LCMT will not seek to damage the reputation of competitors or other third parties either directly or by innuendo.
  • LCMT will provide information on individual students to third parties engaged in providing for the learning needs of the student in accordance with agreed procedures, within the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and any other legal requirements.
  • The College will not seek to acquire information regarding competitors by unfair or disreputable means.
  • The College will not engage in unfair or restrictive practices in regard to the recruitment or retention of students.
  • The College will consult with institutions and/or service providers who might be affected on any significant proposals for change in the learning programmes or services it offers.

MANAGEMENT AND STAFF

  • The College seeks to meet the needs of all employers, both as sponsors of students and as employers of graduates. It aims to create graduates who can move
  • smoothly into employment, contribute swiftly to the improved performance of their organisation, and rapidly rise to senior positions.
  • The College will adopt a Code of Conduct for its employees, based on above mentioned similar principles.
  • The staff Code of Conduct will forbid employees from soliciting or accepting inducements in respect of any matter connected with the operation of the College.
  • The staff Code of Conduct will be consistent with Practice on Freedom of Speech, in respecting the freedom within the law of academic staff to question and test received wisdom, and to put forward new ideas or controversial or unpopular opinions, without placing their employment in jeopardy. This includes the right of staff to speak freely and without being subject to disciplinary sanctions or victimisation about academic standards or related matters, provided that they do so lawfully, without malice and in the public interest.
  • Where the College includes confidentiality clauses in severance contracts this will not prevent staff who have legitimate concerns about malpractice raising those concerns with the appropriate authority.

EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS

  • The College recognises that it is responsible to the community it serves and will take steps to ensure that information on its external activities is made widely available, noting any requirements for confidentiality that may be applicable and
  • which shall be explained as necessary.
  • The College will be responsive to its community and within the framework of its own Mission Statement will seek to provide programmes and services relevant to the needs of individuals and employers.
  • The College will provide timely and accurate information to the best of its abilities on individual students to employers or others providing sponsorship, within the confines of the Data Protection Act 1998 and any other relevant legal requirements.
  • The College will ensure that its contracts with organisations comply with acceptable ethical standards and any legal duties.

COMPLIANCE AND VERIFICATION

  • LCMT will require all its employees to adhere to its Code of Conduct for staff.
  • LCMT will create mechanisms by which employees and students can express genuinely held concerns about behaviour or decisions they perceive to involve serious impropriety, and have them investigated, with every reasonable assurance of confidentiality as appropriate.
  • The college will appoint a person to be responsible for monitoring adherence to the LCMTs Code of Conduct staff members, investigating alleged breaches and reporting to the Principal. Principal will decide on any action to be taken to ensure compliance with the Code.
  • The Principal will be responsible for initiating and supervising investigations into alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct by members of staff, and for ensuring that appropriate action is taken.
  • The College auditors may be asked to report on any practice that appears to breach the Code.
  • LCMT will ensure that its Codes are published and made widely available.