Standards of Conduct, Policies and Procedures

The University and its campuses have many policies and procedures in effect with ethics and compliance elements. The following are some of the key policy building blocks of the University’s Ethics and Compliance Program.

Code of Conduct: The Code of Conduct is the cornerstone of the University’s Ethics and Compliance Program. Promulgated in 2006, the Code of Conduct communicates the University’s expectations of proper conduct and describes the professional conduct the University values. The Code of Conduct is maintained by the University Ethics and Compliance Office.

Reporting Fraud or Misconduct, Whistleblower Protection, and Investigations: This policy defines employee responsibility for reporting good faith allegations of fraud or misconduct, establishes procedures for addressing wrongful conduct, and protects those who make good faith allegations of wrongful conduct to a designated University official. This policy is maintained by the University Ethics and Compliance Office.

Ethics Line: The Ethics Line is available for reporting good faith allegations of violations of law, policy, or procedure. This toll-free Ethics Line is maintained by the University Ethics and Compliance Office and is available at 1-866-758-2146.

Investigative Procedures: These procedures describe how allegations of misconduct received by the University Ethics and Compliance Office are investigated.  The procedures are maintained by the University Ethics and Compliance Office.

Policy on Conflicts of Commitment and Interests: In in an effort to avoid both actual and perceived conflicts of commitment and interest, this policy provides a framework for measuring and monitoring the acceptability of the non-University activities of faculty and academic staff members.  The policy is maintained by the Vice President for Research.

Conduct and Discipline for Civil Service Employees: This policy covers several important fundamental ethics topics for Civil Service employees, including conflicts of interest, political activities, employee conduct in the workplace, solicitation on University property, and discipline.  The policy is maintained by the Associate Vice President for Human Resources.

Integrity in Research and Publication: This policy addresses integrity in research and publication, and outlines procedures for impartial fact-finding and fair adjudication of allegations of academic and research misconduct.  The policy is maintained by the Vice President for Research.