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UCF IntegrityLine Cases on Civility

On September 29, 2014, the UCF IntegrityLine became available to employees as one option for reporting suspected or actual misconduct or ethical concerns. From October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016, the UCF IntegrityLine received 77 reports of suspected or actual misconduct or ethical concerns. The types of cases received through the IntegrityLine spanned a range of more than 20 specific topics including financial, safety, and human resources related issues. The highest number of reports in a single category during that period were 13 reports categorized as Offensive or Inappropriate Communication, representing 16.9% of all cases.

The 13 reports were not determined to be unlawful misconduct; however, they did bring up the basic concept of civility. You will find in the UCF Ethical Standards on page seven of the UCF Employee Code of Conduct the following ethical principles and values that help guide members of the university community:

 Honesty and Integrity
We are fair and honest in all of our activities and avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interests or commitments. We strive for transparency in our actions and do not allow plagiarism, lying, deliberate misrepresentation, theft, fraud, or cheating.

We treat everyone with respect and dignity; we embrace, celebrate, and value diversity and inclusion. We respect the ideas of others, even when they differ from our own. We do not tolerate harassment, mistreatment, belittling, harming, or taking advantage of others.

 Responsibility and Accountability
We honor our commitments and take responsibility for our actions. We comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies, ensuring that all of our decisions are legal and ethically sound. We recognize our obligation to report unethical and illegal conduct.

We use resources and information entrusted to UCF to support the university’s vision, mission, and strategic goals. We do not use them for personal benefit, gain, or favor.

You will find the UCF Ethical Standards and more information about UCF’s expectations of employees in the UCF Employee Code of Conduct. Remember, as individual members of the university community, our behavior is a reflection of who we are and affects our reputation, as well as the reputation of the university.