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What are ethics and professional responsibility?


Rasmussen College created this guide to illustrate the value of Ethics & Professional Responsibility. 

Ethics is behavior and decision-making which impact a greater good in the world and workplace. Ethics tends to be derived from our cultural and social norms, whereas morals are associated with personal beliefs. While our state and federal laws are often enacted to align with our (cultural and social) ethics, ethics and laws are most certainly not the same thing. When you view the short ethical videos in the Activities tab, you’ll hear one man discussing the leaking of classified government documents saying, "I'm glad he did it, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be prosecuted." Ethics is full of gray areas, but being able to think critically about these is essential to operating any sustaining, thriving organization. That’s why Ethics & Professionalism, this quarter’s Rasmussen College General Education theme, is so important to us all.

We encourage you to explore the guide by clicking on the tabs above.


Watch this brief video featuring Tamryn Hennessy, former Vice President of Career Services and Public Benefit Initiatives for Rasmussen College, where she discusses the value and concept of Ethics and Professional Responsibility.  

*At the time of this recording, Tamryn Hennessy was Director of Career Development at Rasmussen College  Tamryn also references the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Symposium that previously took place in conjunction with the Rasmussen College Career Fair.

Professional Ethics

Primary ethics. (2013). An Introduction to Philosophical Ethics. [Video file]. Retrieved from

Cohen, R. (2007). Peeking In on Teens' Private Web Pages. Retrieved from