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. This commitment is an ongoing effort, one that works to establish a sustainable culture of values that considers ethics in everything.
The mission and values of the university help guide our actions daily. What starts here changes the world.
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.
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.
A collection of 2-3 minute videos that teach business ethics and contain case studies for discussion.
Check out LinkedIn Learning for short videos on business ethics.
Schedule a Road Show
Interested in having a presentation at your next staff meeting or organizational get-together? Please email us at email@example.com to set up a time.
Please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 learn more ways to seek assistance at utexas.edu/hotline