The University Code of Conduct, February, 2013

February 2013 / Issue 8


Classroom Training Sessions

The University Ethics Office has scheduled and will be hosting classroom ethics training sessions during the late spring and early summer months on the Chicago and Urbana campuses. If your unit typically schedules classroom training, please make sure you and your co-workers attend one of the scheduled presentations.

If you are scheduled to file your Statement of Economic Interests, please do so by May 1, 2013. Call the Ethics Office if you have questions.


Mark your calendars!!!

The 2013 online annual ethics training window will be:

October 1 - 30, 2013

For more information, please visit our website!

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

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

The University Code of Conduct

Are you familiar with the University Code of Conduct (Code)? You may recall the initial adoption or you may have reviewed the Code as part of the new hire process. Maybe it has been days, months, or even years since you reviewed the statement, and you may often wonder what the University's Code of Conduct says, or better yet, the purpose it serves. This edition of Ethics Matters will serve as a content refresher and will further explore the Code.

A little background...

The Code was approved by the University Senates Conference in January of 2002 to "establish guidelines for professional conduct by those acting on behalf of the University." The Code is by no means all-inclusive, nor is it meant to be used to strictly define appropriate versus inappropriate behavior. Rather, it should serve as a guide for the types of behaviors valued and the conduct that is expected at the University of Illinois. The University has numerous policies at the University, campus, and department levels that serve to further enforce and define the concepts introduced in the Code.

Questions/Answers to further explain the Code

Who does it apply to?

The Code applies to those acting on behalf of the University including executive officers, faculty, staff, and other individuals employed by the University using University resources or facilities, and volunteers and representatives acting as agents of the University.

So, what exactly does the Code say/require?

With regard to professional conduct, we should practice:

  • Integrity by maintaining an ongoing dedication to honesty and responsibility
  • Trustworthiness by acting in a reliable and dependable manner
  • Evenhandedness by treating others with impartiality
  • Respect by treating others with civility and decency
  • Stewardship by exercising custodial responsibility for University property and resources
  • Compliance by following State and Federal laws and regulations and University policies related to their duties and responsibilities
  • Confidentiality by protecting the integrity and security of university information such as student records, employee files, patient records, and contract negotiation documents

The Code seems rather vague. What is its purpose?

The Code establishes guidelines for those acting on behalf of the University of Illinois. Think of the Code as the skeleton of traits and characteristics that help to define expected behavior. It is similar to a personal mission statement for acting both professionally and properly in the University environment.

What should I do if I feel someone is not conducting themselves in a manner that will maintain and strengthen the public's trust and confidence in the integrity of the University?

Individuals acting on behalf of the University are expected to seek appropriate guidance when faced with ethical dilemmas.  To report or discuss ethical dilemmas, please contact the University Ethics Office on the Toll-free Ethics Help Line at: 866-758-2146 or via e-mail at:

Can it be used as a source for discipline?

The Code is typically not used as the primary support for disciplinary action at the University. The Code gives specific examples of ideals and expectations of behavior by University employees, which are then further expanded and defined through policies and procedures. These policies and procedures are used as the basis for discipline in situations where violations are identified.

Where can I find the Code?

The Code is available on the University Ethics Office website at: