Indiana University Board of Trustees approves principles of ethical conduct

Dec. 6, 2013


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Board of Trustees has approved principles of ethical conduct for all members of the IU community including trustees, administrators, faculty and staff.   

A University Faculty Council committee led by IU Bloomington Maurer School of Law professor Don Gjerdingen began drafting the principles last year, modeling them on similar principles espoused by fellow Big Ten conference member the University of Minnesota.

The principles articulate the university's shared values and beliefs, and a newly unveiled website also links visitors to related areas, including University Human Resources, University Policies, the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct, the Office of Research Administration and the IU Compliance Office.

"For members of the IU community, these principles of ethical conduct represent our values, our expectations, our beliefs and our commitment to the highest standards in educating our students, in performing research and in providing services to the community and to one another," said John Applegate, IU executive vice president for university academic affairs. "We believe these principles will promote self-governance, best practices, transparency and a commitment to integrity throughout our university."

"I am looking forward to incorporating these principles of ethical conduct into our compliance program," said IU's chief compliance officer Marcia Gonzales, whose office ensures that activities supporting the university's education, research and service missions are conducted with integrity and according to the law. "Research shows that organizations with effective compliance programs have lowered costs, greater growth and profitability, and better information sharing among employees; attract better talent; and benefit overall from better reputations."