New Ethics Training in 2009, February, 2009

February 2009 / Issue 4


Ethics Training is now being developed and administered by the University Ethics Office.

The seasonal and temporary training is available now for employees who meet the employment classification to complete this form of training.

This fall, the online course will be available at a new Web site.


2009 Annual Ethics Training - Online Window We anticipate the annual online ethics training program being available to University of Illinois employees from October 5 - November 3, 2009

Attention Unit Contacts:
Please remember to continue all extra help and undergraduate employee training throughout the spring and summer months.

University Ethics Office:
Ethics Help Line: 866-758-2146

Human Resources Bldg., Rm. 20
One University Plaza, HRB 20 Springfield, IL 62703-5407

Beginning in 2009:
Public Universities Assume Annual Ethics Training Responsibilities

The last few months have been historic in regard to both the general economy and Illinois government. In these trying times, it is important that we not forget or brush aside the high ethical standards expected of us as employees of the University of Illinois. Historically, the annual ethics training program was developed by the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor (OEIG). For 2009, the University of Illinois, along with the other eight public institutions in Illinois, has accepted the opportunity to develop our own annual ethics training program. The training will remain an annual requirement, per the law, and course standards will be determined by the OEIG.

This opportunity presents us with some exciting avenues for change. To begin, we are using a different vendor to develop our online course, so the look and feel of the program will be new. Additionally, we have convened a faculty committee to become involved in the development of content and scenarios often presented to employees, and possibly uniquely to faculty, in the University environment. This insight will complement a scenario-based training approach, reinforcing key points of relevance. Though the content of the law remains the same, we are optimistic we will be able to highlight topics through scenarios and conversational language, while keeping the material both interesting and applicable.

Though the online course, which will be available in the fall, will have a different look and feel, we anticipate its being easily navigable and compliant with accessibility standards. The online program will contain no final exam, but will have questions embedded throughout the course, similar to prior programs. There will also be an opportunity for you to provide feedback on the program via a course completion survey. The topics we intend to explore in 2009 revolve around gifts, exceptions to the Gift Ban, and conflicts of interest -- topics highly relevant in the University environment.

This year, Ethics Office staff will conduct in-person classroom training sessions for those employees who are unable to use a computer or do not have computer access to complete the online program. In the past, these employees completed an extensive reading assignment. This year's program will require a comparable amount of time to taking the online program and will be interactive in nature. We look forward to this opportunity and hope it will provide a setting for greater interaction and application of the content. Units with many employees needing classroom training will be notified of upcoming courses yet this spring.

The undergraduate employee, extra help and medical resident training, entitled "Annual Ethics Training for Seasonal and Temporary Employees" is available online as an interactive training document. The content is also quite conversational in nature. The online style requires employees to log in with their netid and password, as they have in the past, and click through various screens and pages as they complete the program. This online version is available year-round via the training section of our Web site: The same content is also available in an offline (paper-based) format for those who do not have computer access and are undergraduate employees, extra help workers, or medical residents.

Please feel free to forward any questions or concerns you may have to our office via email at: We look forward to this opportunity and hope you enjoy the 2009 program!