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  • University Code of Conduct

    Those acting on behalf of the University have a general duty to conduct themselves in a manner that will maintain and strengthen the public's trust and confidence in the integrity of the University and take no actions incompatible with their obligations to the University.

    With regard to professional conduct, those acting on behalf of the University 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.

    Those acting on behalf of the University shall seek appropriate guidance when faced with ethical dilemmas. For additional information related to ethical dilemmas, please contact the University Compliance Office via e-mail at:

    Wrongful conduct is defined as:

    • a serious violation of University policy;
    • a serious violation of the University Code of Conduct;
    • a violation of applicable state and federal laws;
    • embezzlement or other financial irregularities; and/or
    • the use of University property, resources, or authority for personal gain or other non-University related purpose except as provided under University policy.

    Examples of wrongful conduct or fraud covered under this policy include but are not limited to such actions as:

    • Theft, misappropriation, misapplication, destruction, removal, or concealment of University resources including intellectual property;
    • Forgery, falsification, or alteration of documents;
    • Improprieties/misrepresentation in the handling or reporting of money or financial transactions;
    • Authorizing or receiving payment for goods not received or services not performed;
    • Misuse of University facilities, such as telephones, email systems and computers;
    • Intentional violation of the code, including dishonest or improper reporting of results, selective reporting, or omission of conflicting data for deceptive purposes;
    • Accepting or offering bribes, kickbacks, or rebates;
    • Lack of reporting of actual or perceived abuse of a minor; and/or
    • Actions related to concealing or perpetuating above mentioned activities.