The ethics office exists to enhance the distinguished reputation of the university, as well as the careers, professional reputations, and future of the faculty, staff, and students.
As a member of the UCF community, each of us is responsible for ensuring that we conduct business consistent with the values of the university creed – integrity, scholarship, community, creativity, excellence and the UCF Ethical Standards – honesty and integrity, respect, responsibility and accountability, and stewardship. These values require that we conduct ourselves ethically. Ethical conduct goes beyond simple compliance with legal, regulatory and university requirements. Behaving ethically means doing the right thing, even when it’s not required. Distinguishing ethical behavior may seem straightforward; however, there will be times when ‘doing the right thing’ will not be clear in a given situation. That’s where the ethics office adds value. Our role is to communicate the university’s values, provide guidance on ethical decision making, offer training and awareness to the UCF community, manage conflicts of interests and university ethics policy and procedures, and reinforce expectations through our involvement in investigating allegations of misconduct.