Basis for Policy
The mission of the University of Nebraska Medical Center is to lead the world in transforming lives for all individuals and communities through premier educational programs, innovative research and extraordinary patient care.
UNMC has a reputation of integrity and excellence in teaching, research and patient care. To maintain this reputation, UNMC expects all faculty, staff and students to conform to the highest ethical standards and meet all legal obligations in the performance of their duties. This Code of Conduct applies to all UNMC faculty, staff and students (hereinafter “UNMC Community”) and guides them in carrying out daily activities within appropriate ethical and legal standards. The Code reflects the values of UNMC and may be modified to address changes in culture, as well as changes in the regulatory environment.
Professional and Ethical Conduct
Professional and ethical conduct must be shown in all relationships. Professionalism is fostered by a supportive climate emphasizing respect and dignity. The UNMC community should strive to create an environment characterized by:
- avoidance of and no tolerance for harassment, sexual misconduct, threats, intimidations, physical, verbal or written (including electronic) abuse;
- respect for individual and cultural differences in race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status and/or political affiliation;
- open, professional and respectful communication;
- honest, respectful and fair dealing within the UNMC community, and with external customers, suppliers, competitors and other entities;
- truthful and positive feedback with constructive, corrective feedback in a private setting whenever possible;
- opportunity for assignment of duties and tasks that promote professional development;
- performance of duties and assignments in an exemplary manner;
- an emphasis on solving problems and modifying systems, not blaming people;
- no tolerance for cheating, fabricating, falsifying, plagiarizing, or inappropriately communicating research, academic or clinical information;
- no tolerance for falsifying signatures includes signing on behalf of another where the person signing does not have delegated authority for such signature under the Board of Regents Memorandum 13 and/or 14 or other appropriately documented authorization.
While all members of the UNMC community are obligated to follow this Code of Conduct, leaders set the example, to be in every respect a model. Teachers and supervisors should provide instruction, guidance, and leadership. Leadership involves helping others to achieve their highest levels of performance, discerning those who need individual assistance, and then facilitating improvement. Similarly, the teacher or supervisor can expect the student or employee to make the necessary investment of energy and intellect to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills concomitant with being a competent professional.
All members of the UNMC community are expected to understand and comply with federal and state laws, regulations related to their duties and University of Nebraska and UNMC policies and procedures. UNMC has an obligation to provide education to community members so they understand their responsibilities. Areas of regulatory responsibility applicable to UNMC may include but are not limited to the following:
- Title IX;
- Civil rights;
- Health and safety in the workplace;
- Grants and contracts;
- Financial compliance and standard business practices;
- Conflict of interest;
- Scientific misconduct;
- Protection of human and animal subjects in research;
- Employment, including wage and hour, family and medical leave, disabilities and immigration laws;
- Confidentiality of student, patient and other proprietary information;
- Protection of intellectual property such as patents, trademarks and copyright;
- Publication of scholarly work and authorship;
- Information technology and security.
If you have questions regarding this Code or encounter any situation which you believe violates provisions of this Code, you should immediately consult your supervisor, academic advisor, another member of your department, the Human Resources Department, the Chief Student Affairs Officer, the Compliance Officer at 402-559-6767, the Nebraska Ombudsman’s office at 1-800-742-7690, the UNMC Compliance Hotline at 1-844-348-9584 or www.nebraska.ethicspoint.com. Reports to the Compliance Hotline may be made anonymously. There will be no retribution for asking questions or raising concerns about the Code or reporting possible improper conduct. Individuals shall not intentionally make false allegations. Any employee making a report regarding this Code may not be discharged, demoted or otherwise discriminated against as a reprisal for disclosing information that the employee reasonably believes is evidence of abuse of this policy.
Abide by this Code of Conduct Policy
The integrity and reputation of UNMC is diminished when any of these standards is violated. All allegations of violations of the Code of Conduct will be thoroughly and appropriately investigated, without exception, and corrective action will be taken consistent with the circumstances. UNMC community members who violate the Code of Conduct may be subject to corrective action up to and including termination of employment or academic disciplinary action, including dismissal.