General University Reference Utility
The Code of Responsible Conduct applies to all employees (faculty, staff, administrators, and student employees) of The Pennsylvania State University on legal, policy, and other duties encountered during the normal course of University business and employment.
The duties contained in this Code of Responsible Conduct reflect the University’s core values: Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, Excellence, and Community. While aspirational in nature, these Penn State Values provide important context for the Code of Responsible Conduct.
Legal and Policy Compliance
- Obey all applicable federal, state, and local laws, including, but not limited to, those pertaining to fulfilling the duties of employment, non-discrimination, anti-bribery, and anti-corruption.
- Follow all applicable University policies and procedures.
Conflict of Interest:
- Abide by University policies on conflict of interest.
Accurate Records and Privacy:
- As required by University policies and federal, state, and local law, create, transmit and enter information into Penn State’s records accurately, completely, and with appropriate supporting documentation.
- As required by University policies and federal, state, and local law, limit the collection, use, disclosure or storage of personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI), and/or student educational records and data to required academic, research, or administrative functions, or other legally required purposes.
- Uphold academic freedom and freedom of expression in accordance with the law and University policy.
- Abide by the professional code of ethics or conduct applicable to one’s profession or work at the University.
- Maintain a respectful workplace and educational environment in accordance with University policy.
- As required by University policies and federal, state, and local law, report any wrongdoing, misconduct, or violations. If uncertain as to how or where to report, see http://reporting.psu.edu, contact the Office of Ethics and Compliance (814-867-5088), or contact the Penn State Hotline (1-800-560-1637 or http://hotline.psu.edu).
- Retaliation against any individual who makes a good faith report of wrongdoing to the University or an appropriate authority, or who participates in an investigation or legal proceeding related thereto is strictly prohibited.
For a non-comprehensive summary of University policies relevant to the duties summarized above, see http://universityethics.psu.edu/university-ethics-policies. Additional information about Penn State policies may be found in the General University Reference Utility (GURU) at https://guru.psu.edu.
For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Office of Ethics and Compliance.
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