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Business Ethics & Integrity Code For Sponsored Research

Business Ethics & Integrity Code For Sponsored Research

Purpose

This Business Ethics and Integrity Code provides a brief summary of the essential standards of business ethics and conduct that UD employees and consultants must follow as required by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.203-13 Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Jun 2020).

Scope

This Business Ethics and Integrity Code applies to all University of Dayton (UD) employees and consultants who participate in sponsored research activities.

Policy History

I. Effective Date:  June 30, 1998

II. Approval:  March 10, 2021

III. History: 

  • Approved in its original form:  June 30, 1998 (Original title " Business Ethics and Integrity Code")
  • Approved as amended:  October 2001
  • Approved as amended:  January 8, 2015
  • Approved as amended:  March 10, 2021

IV. Maintenance of Policy: Vice President for Research and Executive Director, Research Institute

Policy

Research excellence is a tradition at the University of Dayton and the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI). UD and UDRI have an uncompromising commitment to provide customers with quality products while maintaining the highest standards of ethical business conduct.  

UD is aware that compliance with applicable laws and regulations is an essential condition for performing our business. UD's commitment to compliance is based on providing a supportive environment, the integrity of our employees, and their support of the University's policies and applicable laws and regulations of the United States.  

UD employees and consultants are expected to make themselves aware of and willingly comply with U.S. laws and regulations that are applicable to sponsored research. Employees are encouraged to seek guidance on applicable laws and regulations via this policy and from their supervisor, University of Dayton’s Office for Research Ethics Administrator or a member of the Research Business Ethics and Integrity Committee.

UD will provide ethics training to UD employees and consultants on a periodic basis and will monitor all operations to ensure compliance.  

UD employees and consultants are expected to conduct all business activities in a manner consistent with recognized ethical standards. Employees and consultants who represent UD will be fair, honest, and forthright in all relationships with customers, suppliers, and peers.

Guidelines

All UD employees and consultants are expected to observe a basic code of conduct in the workplace that includes the following expectations:

  • Business must be conducted in accordance with high standards of ethical business conduct.
  • Employees and consultants must adhere to the spirit of the law and observe recognized standards of fair dealing and personal integrity.
  • Employees must be dedicated and loyal to the University of Dayton and our country.
  • Employees must be economical and ethical in using University and customer resources.
  • Employees should neither condone nor approve any known illegal or unethical act for any reason, either willfully or through omission.

In addition, UD employees are expected to adhere to all established University of Dayton policies on related topics. Additional information on these policies can be found in the addendum to this code.

Procedure for Reporting Suspected Violations

Any UD employee or consultant who reasonably suspects or has actual knowledge of an impropriety, criminal misconduct, or violation related to UD's Business Ethics and Integrity Code that has been committed by a University employee or consultant is duty-bound to report this information in a timely manner. The reporting employee or consultant should contact his or her immediate supervisor, the next level of supervision, or the UD Office for Research Ethics Administrator with the pertinent information. UD employees and consultants are expected to act in the best interest of the University by ensuring that suspected violations are reported at the earliest possible opportunity. The confidential means of communication for reporting suspected violations are provided in the Procedure for Reporting Suspected Violations of the University of Dayton Business Ethics and Integrity Code for Sponsored Research.

Procedure for Investigating Suspected Violations

UD employees and consultants should use good judgment and a sense of fairness when reporting a suspected violation of the UD Business Ethics and Integrity Code.

Those reporting suspected violations and those suspected of a violation will be treated with dignity and respect. Those suspected of a violation will be presumed innocent until a fair hearing is conducted and a finding rendered.

All communications concerning a suspected violation and the identity of the reporting employee will be kept confidential to the extent possible.

The reporting employee may remain anonymous.

Concerns will be seriously addressed and action will be taken. A reporting employee who has identified himself or herself will be informed of the action taken. If the suspected violation is not resolved immediately, the reporting employee will be informed as the investigation proceeds.

No retaliation will be taken against employees who report suspected violations of UD's Business Ethics and Integrity Code. Any employee in a position of authority who attempts to impede or delay an investigation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

Attempts to use the UD Business Ethics and Integrity Code to libel, slander, or otherwise harm another individual through false accusations, malicious rumors, or other irresponsible actions are prohibited and may in and of themselves be reason for disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

Noncompliance

Anyone whose conduct is determined to have violated the UD Business Ethics and Integrity Code will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and may also be personally subject to other civil or criminal liabilities.

APPEAL PROCESS:

Disciplinary actions resulting from noncompliance with this policy are covered under other policies (listed in the references to this policy) and any appeals would also be covered under those policies.

Reference Documents

  1. University of Dayton Affirmative Action Policy
  2. University of Dayton Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
  3. University of Dayton Certification of Procurement Integrity
  4. University of Dayton Confidentiality and Security of University Property
  5. University of Dayton Conflict of Interest & Commitment Policy for Sponsored Research
  6. University of Dayton Environmental Health & Safety/Risk Management
  7. University of Dayton Intellectual Property Policy
  8. University of Dayton Misconduct in Research and Scholarship Policy
  9. University of Dayton Policy on Nepotism
  10. Fair Responsible and Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources Policy
  11. University of Dayton Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy
  12. University of Dayton Policy on the Distribution or Sale of Materials and Solicitation of or by Employees
  13. University of Dayton Drug-Free Workplace Policy
  14. University of Dayton Policy Prohibiting Illegal, Fraudulent, Dishonest, and Unethical Conduct
  15. University of Dayton Staff Dispute Resolution Policy
  16. University of Dayton Financial Conflict of Interest
  17. Procedure for Reporting Violations of the University of Dayton Business Ethics and Integrity Code for Sponsored Research

Applicable Regulations

  1. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.203-13 Contractor Code of Business Ethics & Conduct (Jun 2020)
CONTACT

For questions relating to the University policies of Research, please contact:


John Leland, Vice President for Research
937-229-3515
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