Overview

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to a culture of integrity and ethical behavior. Ethical behavior is much more than simply following rules; it is doing the right thing. Given the increasing complexity of the University’s environment, determining the “right thing,” is not always easy. To choose the right action in a given situation, we need to have an understanding of the laws, regulations, and policies which apply to us as members of the University community. This Compliance and Ethics Guide (Guide) provides faculty and staff with a brief overview of the significant topics of importance for assuring that we operate in a legally compliant and ethical environment. The University has established the Compliance and Ethics Program (CEP) to ensure that we have a working environment that enables each of us to conduct business in accordance with the highest ethical standards and in compliance with the law. The CEP is based on, among other things, the University Honor Code:

“The core values of the University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the University is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, fairness, and respect toward peers and community.”

It is the policy of the University of Texas at Austin to comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies. Moreover, it is important both legally and morally, that each of us conducts business in an ethical manner. The responsibility for adhering to all laws and regulations and University policies rests on each member of the University community. Each employee is asked to review the following document and complete an online acknowledgement which will require a High Assurance UTEID. Those employees without access to a computer must review a printed copy of the Guide, which is available from your supervisor, and submit a paper acknowledgement directly to University Compliance Services. Please feel free to contact University Compliance Services directly for further assistance.

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