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Old Dominion University

University Policy

1002 Code of Ethics

Responsible Oversight Executive: Vice President for Human Resources
Date of Current Revision or Creation: October 8, 2018
  1. Purpose

    The purpose of this policy is to establish the University's Code of Ethics, which strives to demonstrate the University's commitment to ethics and adherence to all applicable laws, regulations and University policies.

  2. Authority

    Code of Virginia Section 23.1-1301, as amended, grants authority to the Board of Visitors to make rules and policies concerning the institution. Section 6.01(a)(6) of the Board of Visitors Bylaws grants authority to the President to implement the policies and procedures of the Board relating to University operations.

  3. Definitions

    Supervisor - The management level with the authority to hire, assign work, manage work schedules, approve leave, evaluate, and discipline employees.

  4. Scope

    This policy applies to all employees, students, volunteers, employees of affiliated organizations who are paid through the University, and vendors of the institution. Employees include all staff, administrators, faculty, full- or part-time, and classified or non-classified persons who are paid by the University. Students include all persons admitted to the University who have not completed a program of study for which they were enrolled; student status continues whether or not the University's programs are in session. Affiliated organizations are separate entities that exist for the benefit of the University through an operating agreement and include the Foundations, the Community Development Corporation, and the Alumni Association.

  5. Policy Statement

    Old Dominion University recognizes its duty to uphold the public's trust and confidence, not only in following laws and regulations, but in following high standards of ethical behavior. Members of the Old Dominion University community are responsible for maintaining the highest ethical standards and principles of integrity. The Code of Ethics is a set of values-based statements that demonstrate the University's commitment to this goal. All University employees, students, volunteers, employees of affiliated organizations who are paid through the University, and vendors of the institution are expected to adhere to the following Code of Ethics.

    Old Dominion University Code of Ethics

    1. We will maintain the highest level of ethical standards, and comply with all applicable laws and regulations and University policies.

    2. We 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 Government Conflict of Interests Act or Virginia Public Procurement Act. We will avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.

    3. We will 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.

    4. We will adopt policies and programs supporting the rights and recognizing the needs of all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, family medical and genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.

    5. We will 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.

    6. We will not use University funds, property, equipment, or services, or things of value for or in aid of political parties or candidates for public office, except as otherwise allowed for student organizations (See Student Organization Handbook).

    7. We will not use University funds, property, equipment, services, systems, information, time and effort or our position for personal gain. We will protect the University's assets and resources and ensure their proper use by preventing theft, carelessness and waste. We will promote efficient, effective, safe and economical means of accomplishing tasks.

    8. We will 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 the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

    9. We will adhere to good health and safety practices and comply with all environmental health and safety laws and regulations.

    10. We will comply with the University's accounting policies and procedures and maintain strong internal controls at all times. We will not make any false or misleading entries in the University's records under any circumstances.

    11. We will strive for excellence in the performance of our duties, mindful of cost and appropriate authorization.

    12. We will nurture a climate of care, concern, and civility towards others.

    13. We will 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.

  6. Procedures

    Supervisors are responsible for notifying employees of, and monitoring their adherence to, the Code of Ethics. The Office of Human Resources will send an annual notification of the obligation of all employees to adhere to the Code of Ethics.

    The Department of Procurement Services will add a reference to the University's Code of Ethics in all contracts and solicitations.

  7. Records Retention

    Applicable records must be retained and then destroyed in accordance with the Commonwealth's Records Retention Schedules.

  8. Responsible Officer

    Director of Human Resources for Employee Relations and Strategic Initiatives

  9. Related Information

    Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA)

    Agency Risk Management and Internal Control Standards (ARMICS)

    America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2010

    Hatch Act for State and Local Employees

    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule

    Governor's Executive Order Number One (2018) - Equal Opportunity

    Governor's Executive Order 12 (2006) - State Employee Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Hotline

    Governor's Executive Order 41 (2006) - Banning Smoking in State Offices and Vehicles

    Governor's Executive Order 94 (2005) - Workplace Safety and Employee Health

    State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act, Code of Virginia Section 2.2-3100, et seq., as amended

    Virginia Public Procurement Act, Code of Virginia Section 2-2-4300, et seq., as amended

    Virginia Freedom of Information Act, Code of Virginia Section 2.2-3700, et seq., as amended

    Virginia Department of Accounts Policies and Procedures (including CAPP Manual)

    Virginia Department of Human Resource Management Policy 2.05, Equal Employment Opportunity

    Board of Visitors Policy 1011 - Freedom of Expression

    Board of Visitors Policy 1014 - Threat Assessment

    Board of Visitors Policy 1210 - Authority to Act on Behalf of the University

    Board of Visitors Policy 1240 - Resolution Concerning Employment

    Board of Visitors Policy 1403 - Academic Freedom

    Board of Visitors Policy 1404 - Professional Ethics

    Board of Visitors Policy 1426 - Policy, Procedures and Timeline for Responding to Allegations of Misconduct in Scientific Research and Scholarly Activity

    Board of Visitors Policy 1450 - Faculty Sanctions

    Board of Visitors Policy 1470 - Faculty Grievance Policy

    Board of Visitors Policy 1502 - Student Rights and Freedoms

    Board of Visitors Policy 1530 - Code of Student Conduct

    University Policy 3003 - Detection, Investigation and Reporting of Fraud and Misuse of University Property/Funds

    University Policy 3220 - Policy on the Use of Tobacco and Smoking-Related Products, and Electronic Cigarettes and Vaporizers

    University Policy 3223 - Environmental Health and Occupational Safety

    University Policy 3230 - Vehicular Access to University Property

    University Policy 3231 - Use of Bicycles, Skateboards and Personal Transport Devices on University Property

    University Policy 3240 - Accident Review Committee

    University Policy 3500 - Policy on the Use of Computing Resources

    University Policy 3507 - Information Technology Accessibility Policy

    Teaching and Research Faculty Handbook

    Adjunct Faculty Handbook

    Classified Employee Guidebook

    Wage Employee Guidebook

    Monarch Citizenship

Policy History

Policy Formulation Committee (PFC) & Responsible Officer Approval to Proceed:

/s/ JaRenae Whitehead
Responsible Officer
September 25, 2018

Policy Review Committee (PRC) Approval to Proceed:

/s/ Donna W. Meeks
Chair, Policy Review Committee (PRC)
July 24, 2018

Executive Policy Review Committee (EPRC) Approval to Proceed:

/s/ September Sanderlin
Responsible Oversight Executive
September 25, 2018

University Counsel Approval to Proceed:

/s/ R. Earl Nance
University Counsel
October 3, 2018

Presidential Approval:

/s/ John R. Broderick
October 8, 2018

Previous Revisions

January 1, 2007; January 31, 2013; October 8, 2018

Scheduled Review Date

October 8, 2023

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