President’s Update – Ethics Policies – September 9, 2009

The Board of Trustees of Fairleigh Dickinson University has adopted policies that establish standards of ethical conduct for trustees, officers and employees of the University. These policies are the Fairleigh Dickinson University Code of Conduct and Ethics and the Fairleigh Dickinson University Policy on Conflict of Interest and Nepotism. I’m writing now to again make members of the University community aware of these policies.

The Code of Conduct and Ethics prohibits trustees, officers and employees from using their positions to solicit or receive gratuities, gifts, money, favors, discounts, services, entertainment, kick-backs or other inducements from contractors and vendors, for themselves or any other persons. All University personnel are obligated to be truthful and honest in business dealings; to avoid conflicts of interest; to maintain confidentiality; to avoid misappropriation or misuse of proprietary data or other property; to avoid discriminatory or harassing behavior; to comply with laws; to protect University assets; to expend funds prudently; and to prepare truthful and accurate financial records.

The Policy on Conflict of Interest and Nepotism prohibits trustees, officers and employees from using their positions to influence University decisions to do business with organizations in which they, or members of their immediate families, have interests. Trustees, officers and employees also have an ongoing duty to disclose actual or potential conflicts of interest. The policy prohibits faculty members from teaching members of their immediate families; regulates faculty consulting activities; and limits business transactions among faculty members and students. Nepotism in hiring, promotion and other employment practices is prohibited.

I strongly urge you to read each policy in its entirety on our Human Resources Web page under the Policies link. Violations of the Code of Conduct and Ethics or Policy on Conflict of Interest and Nepotism may result in disciplinary action against violators.

Any member of the University community who has a good faith belief that a violation of either policy has occurred is urged to submit a confidential written report to the Finance, Audit and Budget Committee of the Board of Trustees at the following address: Chairperson, Finance, Audit and Budget Committee, P.O. Box 2123, Teaneck, N.J. 07666-2123. Retaliation against any member of the University community who makes a good faith report of ethical misconduct is prohibited.

Any member of the University community who has questions or concerns about the Code of Conduct and Ethics or the Policy on Conflict of Interest and Nepotism may contact University General Counsel Wayne M. Richardson at 201-692-7071.

Thank you,
Michael Adams