ÒRÌṢÀWORLD FOUNDATION'S ÌWÀPẸ̀LẸ́ CODE OF CONDUCT
Section 0.0. Preamble
At Òriṣàworld Foundation, we seek an environment in which members of our diverse community interact and learn from one another in ways that protect both personal freedom and community standards. For our diverse community to prosper we must embrace our differences and be mindful of our varied perspectives and backgrounds. This goal is only possible if members of Òriṣàworld seek mutual understanding by means of respectful communication. The Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Code holds us accountable for our words and actions and guides us in resolving conflicts by engaging each other in dialogue.
Section 1.0. Introduction
Our adherence to this written expression of our shared values establishes an open environment of learning and growing through personal and community responsibility. Because we subscribe to these values, we commit as members of the Òriṣàworld community to follow the Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Code. We uphold the Code by engaging with the values upon which our community depends: honesty, truth, mutual trust, concern, and respect for oneself, one another and the community. These values form the basis of the Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Code; yet improve our community only if we incorporate them into our daily lives.
Section 2.0. Jurisdiction
The Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Code applies to every aspect of academic and social life at Òrìṣàworld Foundation. All members of Òriṣàworld Foundation are obligated to adhere to the Code and are under its jurisdiction while studying at or doing work for Òriṣàworld Foundation. Our community also includes Leaders, Priests, Priestesses, faculty, staff, administration and Employees. Òriṣàworld Foundation requests that all members of our community work within the spirit of the Code.
Section 3.00 Responsibilities
As members you are responsible for proper conduct and integrity in all of your scholastic work. You must follow instructions as and must ask for clarification if the instructions are not clear. Members should not give or receive aid when completing tasks that are specifically for them (e.g. taking examinations) unless the instructions specifies this practice as appropriate.
A member commits an act of plagiarism by representing another person’s ideas or scholarship as that student’s own work. An act of plagiarism constitutes a student’s withdrawal from the commitment to the academic honesty required by the Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Code and will normally result in separation from the community and the recommendation of a grade change.
To avoid plagiarism, members are expected to properly cite (in footnotes, quotations, and bibliography) all sources, including memorized and reproduced material, used in the preparation of written work, including examinations, unless otherwise instructed by the professor who assigned the work. Each member has the responsibility to learn and uphold exactly what each professor expects in terms of acknowledging sources of information on papers, exams, and assignments.
Our community’s social relationships are also based on mutual trust, concern and respect. We must consider how our words and actions, regardless of the medium, may affect the sense of acceptance essential to an individual’s or group’s participation in the community. We strive to foster an environment that genuinely encourages respectful expression of differing values in honest and open discussion. We recognize that acts of discrimination and harassment, including, but not limited to, acts of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ableism, discrimination based on religion or political ideology, and discrimination based on national origin or English capability are devoid of respect and therefore, by definition, violate this Code. Upon encountering actions or values that we find degrading to ourselves and to others, we should initiate dialogue with the goal of increasing mutual understanding.
Section 3.03 Community Standards
As part of the Òriṣàworld community, we are obligated to reflect on our own actions as well as the actions of those around us in light of their effect on the community and confront others when their conduct disturbs us. We must also report our own breaches to the Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Council if it becomes clear through self-reflection or through expressions of concern by others that our academic or social conduct represents a violation of community standards. We are obligated to report ourselves even if doing so may result in a trial and the possibility of separation from the University.
Section 4.0. Upholding the Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Code
4.01. The Pledge
We realize that as part of the Òriṣàworld community, our actions affect those around us. We understand that membership in the Òriṣàworld community is dependent on our commitment to the Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Code, and we proclaim this by signing the Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Pledge, which states:
“I hereby accept the Òriṣàworld Foundation’s Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Code, realizing that it is my duty to uphold the Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Code and the concepts of personal and collective responsibility upon which it is based.”
4.02. Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Council
While the success of the Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Code is dependent upon each of us actively engaging with the Code’s ideals, a community body must carry out some administrative responsibilities. In addition, we may sometimes be unable to resolve conflicts with others, or actions may occur which breach the trust of the community in a particularly serious way.
Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Council’s task is to manage the administrative aspects of the Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Code and to help resolve difficult situations and apparent violations of the community’s trust. Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Council is charged with interpreting the sections of the Code that leave room for flexibility. It is, for example, Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Council’s responsibility to decide if a situation warrants the convening of a trial or if it can be resolved through other means of dialogue and restoration.
Although Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Council trials are not intended as punitive proceedings, there are repercussions for violating the Code. The goals of Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Council proceedings are threefold: to hold any individual, who violated the Code accountable, to educate the individuals involved, and to restore individuals who violated the Code to the Òriṣàworld Foundation community. Such proceedings should also consider the needs of the community.
Our community recognizes consensus as a valuable decision-making tool. For this reason, all decisions made by Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Council, including those approving Council publications, are made by consensus. This method depends on reaching unity, requiring patience and open-mindedness.
Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Council cases will be kept in the strictest confidence. This allows individuals in the community to bring issues to Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Council without fear of attaching a public stigma to parties involved. However, Ìwàpẹ̀lẹ́ Council must balance this need for confidentiality with the community’s right to be informed. One way of maintaining this balance is through pseudonymized abstracts of trial proceedings.