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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 16, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 7
For the Record: Expected Professional Conduct of Faculty, Staff Outlined in Ethics Policy

President William R. Brody is sending today a broadcast message to all faculty and staff regarding the university's Statement of Ethical Standards, which is revised annually. The Gazette is printing his letter and the statement in their entirety.

October 2006

Dear Johns Hopkins Colleague:

The university's Statement of Ethical Standards, as revised and reissued annually, guides the professional conduct of all faculty and staff. The most recent version of that statement is online at

Please carefully review the statement; you are expected to observe diligently the standards it outlines. You will note that it makes reference to university policies. Some of those policies are universitywide in application, and some are specific to a school or other unit of the university. Please check with your supervisor if you are not certain which policies apply to you.

Johns Hopkins was founded for the betterment of human life and is funded largely through philanthropy and the public trust. Everything we do rests on an unimpeachable reputation for integrity. We all, therefore, have a responsibility to conduct ourselves and the university's business in an ethical manner. It is important that you never hesitate to come forward if something does not seem right to you. If you have knowledge of, or suspect, unethical or illegal behavior, call the Johns Hopkins Compliance line at 877-932-6675 (877-WE-COMPLY).

I am confident that you will take your responsibilities in this area to heart and uphold the ethical principles long associated with Johns Hopkins.

William R. Brody
The Johns Hopkins University



The Johns Hopkins University Statement of Ethical Standards

This statement requires compliance by faculty and staff with all applicable laws and university policies in all university activities, including teaching, research, clinical care, employment and contracting. It is essential that the faculty and staff of The Johns Hopkins University maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct, both in fact and in appearance.

The following principles are the standards of ethical behavior required of Johns Hopkins University faculty and staff.

1. Faculty and staff are expected to obey all federal, state and local laws, including, but not limited to, those pertaining to equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and harassment.

2. Faculty and staff must abide by the university's Conflict of Interest Policies and its Conflict of Commitment Policies.

3. Faculty and staff must maintain the confidentiality of information as required under university policies or applicable law, including the confidentiality of personnel, student and patient medical records, and proprietary information.

4. Faculty and staff members may not accept gifts or entertainment that might influence their decision making or compromise their judgment. Faculty and staff should not accept gifts, hospitality, favors or entertainment with a value of more than $100 from any vendors who have current or pending business arrangements with the university over which that person has authority or influence. If they are uncertain about the value of an offer or whether the offer can be accepted under this policy, faculty and staff should consult with their immediate supervisor. Ordinary business courtesies, such as occasional business lunches (which should be well below $100 in cost), are excluded from this policy.

5. Faculty and staff should report ethical standards violations as indicated in the relevant university policies; or by contacting the Office of Internal Audits or the Office of Vice President and General Counsel; or by calling the University Hotline at 877-932-6675.

6. Retaliation against an employee who has in good faith reported an alleged unethical practice will not be tolerated.

Questions concerning ethical behavior should be directed to one's supervisor, the Office of Internal Audits, or the Office of Vice President and General Counsel. Supervisors seeking guidance should contact these same offices.


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