Enforcement, Discipline and Incentives
The Illinois State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (5 ILCS 430/5-10)
requires annual ethics training for all University employees.
Completion is tracked and disciplinary action is pursued for those who
fail to comply with the requirement. This not only confirms the
importance both the State of Illinois and the University place on
ethical conduct, but it also ensures employees are aware of key ethics
rules and how to report suspected violations.
If someone has information about a suspected violation they would
like to report, the University has established procedures for doing so,
including confidential reporting via the Ethics Line. An initial review
is conducted for all reported allegations and if an investigation is
warranted, University Ethics and Compliance Office staff conduct and/or
coordinate the investigation with other University staff who are
independent of the concern. Results of investigations are kept
confidential for the protection of all involved, including the initiator
of the complaint or allegation. Finally, the University Ethics and
Compliance Office follows-up, as necessary, to verify the matter has
been resolved consistent with the findings, if any, resulting from the
investigation. That resolution may include appropriate disciplinary
Disciplinary procedures for civil service and non-civil service
employees are set forth in existing Human Resources policies, as well as
applicable state law.