Ethics Policy                                                                         UPPS No. 01.04.02
Issue No. 6
Effective Date: 10/11/2012
Review: July 1 E3Y

 

 

01.       POLICY STATEMENTS

 

01.01  This UPPS establishes the policy and procedures for the university’s Ethics Policy.

 

01.02  The university adopts as its policy the Regents’ ethics policy as published in Chapter VIII of the Texas State University System (TSUS) Rules and Regulations and incorporates its provisions into this UPPS. The Regents' Policy can be found at http://www.tsus.edu/about/policies.html.

 

01.03  University employees should refer to the Regents' Policy for ethical questions involving:

 

a.   Anti-fraud policy and reporting of wrongful or fraudulent conduct

 

b.   Travel expenses and allowances

 

c.   Conflicts of interest

 

d.   Texas State’s code of ethics

 

e.   Benefits, gifts, and honoraria

 

f.    Political activities

 

g.   Use of official authority

 

h.   Dual office holding

 

i.    Ethical training

 

01.04  Other Texas State University policies relating to ethical responsibilities include:

 

a.   Prohibition of Sexual Harassment: UPPS No. 04.04.42

 

b.   Nepotism and Related Employment: UPPS No. 04.04.07

 

c.   Additional State Employment and Outside Employment and Activities: UPPS No. 04.04.06

 

d.   Property and Equipment: UPPS No. 05.01.01

 

e.   Gifts from University Funds: UPPS No. 04.03.02

 

f.    Reporting Suspected or Actual Wrongdoing: UPPS No. 01.04.40

 

g.   Appropriate Use of Information Resources: UPPS No. 04.01.07

 

01.05  Employees may seek advice on ethical issues from the TSUS Office of General Counsel.

 

02.       DEFINITION

 

02.01  In this UPPS “employee” refers to all Texas State University employees, including full- and part-time faculty, staff, and student employees.

 

03.       PROCEDURES FOR PUBLICATION OF THIS POLICY

 

03.01  The director of Human Resources will publish a synopsis of this policy in the Staff Handbook and annually in the Human Resources Bulletin.

 

03.02  The provost and vice president for Academic Affairs (VPAA) will publish a synopsis of this policy in the Faculty Handbook.

 

04.       REVIEWERS OF THIS UPPS

 

04.01  Reviewers of this UPPS include the following:

 

Position                                                         Date

 

Director, Human Resources                      July 1 E3Y

 

TSUS Associate General Counsel           July 1 E3Y

 

 

05.       CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

 

This UPPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

 

Director of Human Resources; senior reviewer of this UPPS

 

Vice President for Finance and Support Services

 

President