of North Florida’s reputation for excellence is sustained by the commitment
embodied in its statement of Values to “…promote the welfare and positive
transformation of individuals, communities, and societies,” and its commitment
to uphold the public's trust and confidence, not only in following laws and
regulations, but in following high standards of ethical behavior. This Statement of Ethical Conduct is a set of
values-based statements that demonstrate these commitments.
employees, students, volunteers, employees of affiliated organizations who are
paid through the University, vendors of the University and others acting on
behalf of the University will maintain the highest level of ethical standards and
comply with all applicable State and Federal laws and regulations and
University policies. Additionally, each
such individual will:
- Protect the integrity of all University business
and transactions by avoiding engagement in any actions (directly or indirectly)
that are inconsistent with the State and Local procurement laws rules and
regulations and avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest. (Conflicts of Interest and Outside Employment Activity - 4.0170R; Financial Conflict of Interest in Sponsored Projects, 2.0830P; Procurement Regulation - 13.0010R).
- Adhere to policies and programs that promote the
highest standards of ethics, integrity and professional practices in the
performance of our educational, research, scholarly
and community outreach activities (Academic Freedom, 4.0200P).
- Adhere to policies and programs supporting the
rights and recognizing the needs of all citizens regardless of race, color,
religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, veteran status,
sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information,
marital status or political affiliation. (Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Diversity Regulation - 1.0040R).
- Adhere to policies and procedures regarding the
employment of relatives to prevent conflicts of interest, actual and perceived.
(Employment of Relatives Regulation 4.0050R)
- Maintain and protect the confidentiality and
security of information entrusted to us by the University or its customers,
except when disclosure is authorized or legally mandated. (Student Records-Accessing Policy 2.0620P).
- Not use University funds, property, equipment,
services, or things of value for or in aid of political parties or candidates
for public office.
- Not use University funds, property, equipment,
services, systems, information, time and effort or our position for personal
- Protect the University's assets and resources
and ensure their proper use by preventing fraud, waste, and abuse. (Fraud and Related Wrongful Acts Policy 1.0110P).
- Adhere to the principle that the public's
business should be conducted in the public view by observing and following the
letter and spirit of Florida’s Public Records laws as embodied in Chapter 119,
- Adhere to good health and safety practices and
comply with all environmental health and safety laws and regulations (Comprehensive Environmental Health and Safety Policy 6.0150P).
- Comply with the University's accounting policies
and procedures and maintain strong internal controls at all times and not make
any false or misleading entries in the University's records under any
- Strive for excellence in the performance of our
duties, mindful of cost and appropriate authorization.
- Nurture a climate of care, concern, and civility
- Report through appropriate means and channels
any dishonesty, fraud, misconduct, violations or neglect of duty, when
discovered. We will appropriately investigate all such reports and require
warranted corrective action and discipline, in accordance with University
policies and procedures and the law.
These are some of
the most prevalent areas of concern.
However, this list is not intended to be comprehensive. For additional guidance on specific issues,
please see other University of North Florida Policies and Regulations, the
University of North Florida Compliance Office web page, and Part III of Chapter
112, Florida Statutes. Failure to act in
accordance with the expectations outlined herein may result in consequences up
to and including termination. Comments
and questions regarding this Statement or other compliance and ethics issues
may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* This policy is under revision to more clearly articulate legal requirements for University Personnel regarding acceptance of gifts and honoraria, conflicts of interest, procurement activities and other conduct set forth in the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees (sections 112.311 through 112.3261, Florida Statutes). While the policy is being updated, please click here and you will be directed to the Office of General Counsel’s Ethics page for information on these issues.