Honor Texas

Hand holding Honor Texas Card with Tower in Background

Honor Texas is a commitment to ethical behavior in The University of Texas at Austin workplace. All across our campus — in the classroom, labs, administrative spaces, or in the field — the university must continuously foster a commitment to an ethical environment.

Our Commitment to Ethics

Integrity  -  When values match intentions and behavior. 

Honesty  -  Not only telling the truth, but also leaving the right impression.

Trust  -  A strong belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone.

Fairness  -  Treating people reasonably and impartially without favoritism or discrimination.

Respect  -  Feeling and demonstrating appropriate admiration and recognition for someone as a fellow human being, and fellow employee.

The practical application of integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect towards peers and community reflects our commitment to the university’s core values and mission which inspired these standards of ethics. While the rules defining some ethical conduct are provided for by law, Regents’ Rules, and university policy, the complexities of the workplace are often challenging and uncertain.  Real-world situations, the dynamics of the office, ethical dilemmas, and circumstances where context matters often leave even the most committed employees struggling to “do the right thing.” 

We are asking every employee to commit to an understanding and practice of the five standards of ethics. Honor Texas events are designed to help foster conversation and to encourage action throughout all levels of the University.

Honor Texas is an ongoing effort, one that works to establish a sustainable culture of values that considers ethics in everything. 


Mission & Values

The mission and values of the university help guide our actions daily. What starts here changes the world.

Ethics Unwrapped

At your next staff meeting, take a moment to watch one of these brief videos (1-2 minutes) and have a group discussion about how the topic could impact your workplace.

Office of the Ombuds

The Ombuds offices can help, whether it’s listening, directing you to the appropriate university office, identifying your options, or coaching you to prepare for a difficult conversation.

LinkedIn Learning

A collection of 2-3 minute videos that teach business ethics and contain case studies for discussion.

Upcoming Events

Event Status
Monday October 16, 2023 - Friday October 27, 2023, All day
In this two-week Canvas course, participants will review recent stories from the news and discuss ethics and compliance issues that actually occur in higher education with their colleagues.
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Continuing education

Check out LinkedIn Learning for short videos on business ethics.

Schedule a Road Show

Interested in having members of the Honor Texas team present at your next staff meeting or organizational get-together? Please email us at compliance@austin.utexas.edu to set up a time.

Give Feedback

Please let us know at compliance@austin.utexas.edu if you have ideas, suggestions or know of ways to better enhance UT's culture of values. 

Shine a light on Misconduct

If something doesn't seem lawful, is against policy, or is just not quite right, please bring attention to it. Notify departmental supervisors, other management, or use the links below:

Report Violence, Misconduct, Harassment or Discrimination

Compliance and Ethics Hotline (Anonymous reporting available)