Principles of Ethical and Responsible Conduct

The mission of the University of Maryland is to offer a world-class education to our students, train future leaders of our country, expand and advance research and knowledge, and serve our community and society both at home and abroad. In pursuing this mission, and to ensure the continued excellence of the University and its reputation, all University employees – administrators, faculty, and staff — need to understand and uphold the highest of ethical standards and legal requirements. Not only is this pursuit is consistent with sound business practices, it is also a significant component within our system of shared governance.

The UMD Principles of Ethical and Responsible Conduct articulate the basic expectations that should guide each of us in our work at the University. These UMD Principles are embedded within many policies and practices identified throughout University handbooks, manuals, and websites and as described in collective bargaining agreements. To be clear, the Principles enumerated here do not replace or create additional requirements.

Last updated: January 22, 2015

Last updated: January 22, 2015