Functions of Associations to Develop Awareness and Susceptibility About Ethics at Universities: The Case of Association of Ethics at Academia (AKETDER)
Keywords:Ethical violations, AKETDER, functions of associations, universities
Ethical violations are an important problem in universities. It is seen as an obstacle to scientific and ultimately social development. There is a need for new structures since the existing institutions cannot fully prevent ethical violations, which are a big problem for the society. One of these structures is the platforms where associations among democratic institutions and academics with ethical sensitivity will come together and protect the issue of ethics. First of all, the role of associations in society and the functions they can perform were determined by scanning the literature. In the light of these functions, it is believed that academicians can bring professional supervision and discipline to universities by organizing through non-governmental associations. In this context, the Association of Ethics in Academia (AKETDER) is taken as an example and the opinions of academics about the functions of this association in combating ethical violations are investigated. Then, the data obtained from the field research applied to 380 academicians by the content analysis of the documents and web page related to AKETDER were analyzed, and answers were sought to the research questions and previously developed hypotheses were tested. According to the results of the research, academicians think that AKETDER will be effective in combating ethical violations. Various activities that can be done to prevent ethical violations are also mentioned in the research.