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1 Real expectations. Code of Conduct

2 What is the Code of Conduct? Purpose: Outline and explain the expected behaviors, values and standards that guide employee decisions Multiple resources are included in one unified Code of Conduct for easy reference:  Code of Ethics  VCU Creed  Code of Conduct for Business Practices  Policies and procedures  Various VCU websites  Internal contacts

3 Topics in Our Code ethical behavior we are committed to an environment of uncompromising integrity and ethical conduct o Our code applies to everyone at every level o Our ethical standards and doing the right thing o Asking for guidance and voicing concerns our culture we are committed to a civil and professional working environment o How we treat each other o Fair employment and diversity o Safe working conditions o Prohibition of drugs, alcohol, weapons and violence expectations we are committed to employee conduct consistent with our mission and values o Academic expectations o Compliance with all applicable laws/regulations o Interest disclosure and avoiding the appearance of favoritism o Research integrity o Data security, safeguarding information and records management o External communication and Community involvement further guidance & resources we are committed to providing our employees with the tools for success o Frequently asked questions o Ethical decision framework o Internal contacts and VCU Helpline numbers o Acknowledgement of our Code and meeting expectations o Index & resources

4 links to related policies ethical decision-making practical examples Key Features 1 2 3

5 Ethical Standards We will respect individuals, diversity and the rights of others. respect We will act and communicate honestly and candidly. We will not mislead others. honesty We will strive for excellence in all that we do. excellence We will be responsible and accountable for our decisions and actions. responsibility & accountability We will be good stewards of the resources entrusted to the university. stewardship We will understand and comply with the codes, laws, regulations, policies and procedures that govern our university activities. compliance

6 Duty to Report Policy You are expected and encouraged to make good faith reports of:  Suspected or actual cases of fraud, waste or abuse  Violations of laws and regulations  Violations of the Code of Conduct/Ethical Standards  Violations of our policies and procedures Remember: All reports made in good faith are protected from retaliation

7 Where Can I Share a Concern? Immediate supervisor or a department head Central Office (e.g., HR) Integrity & Compliance Office (804) VCU Helpline (anonymous & confidential) You have options It’s your choice!

8 Questions about our code?  Talk with your supervisor or contact:  Integrity and Compliance Office Department of Assurance Services |


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