University Statement of Ethical Values

“Members of the University of California community are committed to the highest ethical standards in furtherance of our mission of teaching, research and public service. We recognize that we hold the University in trust for the people of the State of California. Our policies, procedures, and standards provide guidance for application of the ethical values … in our daily life and work as members of this community.”

“Pursuit of the University of California mission of teaching, research and public service requires a shared commitment to the core values of the University as well as a commitment to the ethical conduct of all University activities. The Standards of Ethical Conduct are a statement of our belief in ethical, legal and professional behavior in all of our dealings inside and outside the University.” 

~ The Regents of the University of California

Welcome to Ethics

The University of California’s Statement of Ethical Values and Standards of Ethical Conduct commits everyone in the UC community to the highest ethical standards in furtherance of the University’s mission of teaching, research, and public service.  The Statement of Ethical Values identifies the University of California’s core ethical values as:

    • Integrity,
    • Excellence,
    • Accountability, and
    • Respect.

IN THE NEWS - Real Examples of Ethical Breaches

Education Official apologizes for Ethics Violations

February 2, 2016
The Education Department's top technology official apologized Tuesday for his ethical missteps in using agency employees for his side businesses, failing to disclose outside income and failing to pay taxes on that income, while promising to correct the lack of security for federal data on students.

"I fully understand and take responsibility for how some of my actions allowed questions to arise about my judgment," said Danny Harris, the agency's chief information officer, in testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "I view my behavior as unacceptable."

Ex-Official at Utah State U. Gets 1-Year Sentence for Misusing Money Courts

Jennifer Putnam Twiss ordered to spend one year in jail for scam. By Jessica Miller The Salt Lake Tribune Published: March 13, 2013 05:42PM Updated: March 13, 2013 07:22PM Utah State University’s former director of enrollment services will spend a year in jail for misusing more than $200,000 of the school’s money, much of it earmarked for scholarships. Jennifer Putnam Twiss, 35, of North Logan, pleaded guilty in October to theft and unlawful dealing with property by a fiduciary, both second-degree felonies, along with three counts of third-degree felony forgery. On Tuesday, 1st District Judge Kevin Allen sentenced the woman to one year in the Cache County jail, followed by five years probation. Allen also ordered her to repay more than $230,000 in restitution. Twiss came under suspicion in February 2012 when an internal audit of scholarships revealed questionable awards made to her family members, according to a probable cause statement filed in court. Going back to 2004, six family members were awarded $190,000 in scholarships and waivers, but there was no documentation justifying the awards. “Using family members’ accounts, Twiss would post a scholarship for cash reimbursement and then have the check sent directly to her, forge the recipient’s name and then deposit it into her personal bank account,” wrote USU police Officer Steve Milne in the probable-cause statement. “The investigation found no evidence that the family members were involved and when questioned, told investigators they were not aware of Twiss’ actions.” In addition to the scholarship money, investigators documented 18 occurrences in 2009 and 2010 when Twiss took a total of $36,000 in cash, Milne added. Twiss, a 2001 USU graduate, told investigators she awarded scholarships to help her family and forged checks to pay off debts. jmiller@sltrib.com

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