The Pledge of the Computing Professional: Recognizing and Promoting Ethics in the Computing Professions
ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society
All of us in the computing community understand the importance of recognizing and promoting ethical behavior in our profession. Instruction in ethics is rapidly becoming a part of most computing-related curricula, whether as a stand-alone course or infused into existing courses. Both Computing Curricula 2005 and the current discussions on Computing Curricula 2013 recognize the significance of ethics, generally considering it a core topic across the various computing disciplines. Additionally, in their criteria for the accreditation of computing programs, ABET specifies that a student must attain by the time of graduation an understanding of ethical issues and responsibilities. What has been missing is a formal rite-of-passage ceremony to prompt student recognition and self-reflection on the transition from being a student to a computing professional. In 2009, seventeen faculty members and industry representatives from a wide range of institutions began to address this open problem by forming The Pledge of the Computing Professional , . The Pledge exists to promote and recognize the ethical and moral behavior and responsibilities in graduates of computing-related degree programs as they transition to careers of service to society. The Pledge does not seek to define or enforce ethics --- this is the role of other organizations. Specifically, The Pledge is modeled after the Order of the Engineer  and provides a rite-of-passage ceremony at the time of graduation.
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Huggins, James; Albrecht, Bill; Christensen, Ken; Desigi, Venu; and Paul, Jody, "The Pledge of the Computing Professional: Recognizing and Promoting Ethics in the Computing Professions" (2012). Computer Science Publications. 6.