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Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics is the foundation of the Ethics and Compliance Program and embodies the Board of Trustee and University senior management expectation that we all act ethically and in compliance with applicable laws and policies in all our activities on behalf of the University.
The University’s Code of Ethics is a statement of the University’s commitment to upholding the ethical, professional and legal standards used as the basis for its daily and long-term decisions and actions. Each community member is individually accountable for his/her own actions and, as such, are accountable for upholding these standards of behavior and for compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
This Code of Ethics describes the standards that guide members of the campus community in daily University activities. In many cases these standards are already found in existing University policies. A key purpose of the Code of Ethics is to commit all applicable standards to writing and to ensure that they are understood and followed by the community. It is the responsibility of all members of the community to read the Code of Ethics and to disclose potential or actual conflicts of interest. Chief administrative officers are responsible for promoting the understanding of and compliance with the Code of Ethics.
As members of the Saint Francis University community, all officers, trustees, faculty, staff, and students are responsible for conducting themselves with the highest ethical standards. As a Franciscan institution and in accordance with its mission statement, the University fosters values such as humility and generosity toward learning, respect, understanding of ethical issues, and reverence for all life. The University believes these are values to be lived and strives to integrate these values into its teaching, scholarship, business practices, and daily interactions among all members of the campus community. The necessary relationships that have evolved with outside entities, including but not limited to governmental agencies, community groups and business firms, require that persons representing the University conduct themselves in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi and in a manner supporting its core values and guiding principles.
This Code applies to the following members of the Saint Francis Community:
The Saint Francis student body is required to abide by the Student Code of Conduct (student expectations and responsibilities) which is distributed by the Office of the Vice President for Student Development.Standards of Conduct
Saint Francis University is committed to maintaining a reputation for the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct. The University holds itself and community members to the following standards of conduct:
Act Ethically and with Integrity. Each member of the University community is expected to:
Each situation needs to be examined in accordance with this standard. No unethical practice can be tolerated.Related policies: Employee Code of Conduct Employee and Volunteer Background Checks Travel and Entertainment
Be Fair and Respectful to Others. The University is committed to tolerance, diversity, and respect for differences. When dealing with others, community members are expected to:
Related Policies: Equal Opportunity, Nondiscrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Statement and Policy Threats and Random Acts of Violence Protection of Minors Policy Clery ActManage Responsibly. The University entrusts community members who supervise employees or instruct students with significant responsibility. Managers, supervisors, instructors, coaches and advisors are expected to:
Related Policies: Performance Reviews Formal Complaint ProcedureProtect and Preserve University Resources. The University is dedicated to responsible stewardship. Community members are expected to:
Related Policies: Institutional Compliance with the Higher Education Act of 2008 Acceptable Use Policies Purchasing PoliciesPromote a Culture of Compliance. The University is committed to meeting legal requirements and to fostering a culture of ethics and compliance.(a) Expectations – Community members are expected to:
(b) Prohibition – Community members are prohibited from retaliating against another community member for reporting a suspected compliance violation. Procedures: Confidential Report Procedure For Suspected Code of Ethics Violations Confidential Report Procedure For Suspected Improprieties in Accounting, Auditing or Internal Control PracticesPreserve Academic Freedom and Meet Academic Responsibilities. Academic freedom is essential to achieving the University’s mission. Community members are expected to:
Related Policies: Academic FreedomEthically Conduct Teaching and Research. University researchers have an ethical obligation to the University and to the larger global community as they seek knowledge and understanding. Community members are expected to:
Related Policies: Ownership of Intellectual Property Policy Research Misconduct PolicyAvoid Conflicts of Interest and Commitment. Community members have an obligation to be objective and impartial in making decisions on behalf of the University. To ensure this objectivity, community members are expected to: