Statement of Professional Ethics

Read the statement online.

"Statement of Professional Ethics" was adopted by the Delegate Assembly in 1991 and published in Profession 92. Earlier drafts were prepared by an ad hoc committee of the MLA appointed by the Executive Council in 1987, following a Delegate Assembly recommendation that such a committee be designated to "study professional ethics and provide MLA-endorsed guidelines" ("Professional Notes" 382).

The committee members who prepared the statement:

  • Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico
  • Lawrence Poston, University of Illinois, Chicago (chair)
  • Roslyn Abt Schindler, Wayne State University
  • Mario Valdes, University of Toronto
  • Louise Vasvari, State University of New York, Stony Brook

This original statement was substantially revised in 2004 by the Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and Responsibilities, whose members were:

  • Carla Freccero, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Lisa Justine Hernández, Saint Edward's University
  • Sue Hintz, Northern Virginia Community College
  • Genaro M. Padilla, University of California, Berkeley
  • Andrew Parker, Amherst College (chair)
  • Gema Peréz-Sánchez, University of Miami