**This policy was repealed by the Oregon University System Chancellor.  Members of the Southern Oregon University Policy Committee are currently working on a university code of ethics.**


580-061-0000 Code of Ethics

(1) The following Code of Ethics will apply to Oregon University System employees in relation to chapter 580, divisions 60, 61, 62, and 63. Employees will:

(a) Give first consideration to the objectives and policies of the Board, OUS, and the Institution;

(b) Strive to obtain the best value for expenditures;

(c) Fairly consider prospective Contractors insofar as state or federal statutes and institutional rules and policies require;

(d) Conduct business in an atmosphere of good faith;

(e) Demand honesty in representations made by prospective Contractors;

(f) Promote competition by encouraging the participation of Oregon  businesses, emerging small and 
minority-owned and women-owned businesses, and Qualified Rehabilitation Facilities;

(g) Comply with the applicable provisions of ORS Chapter 244 and other applicable rules and policies on conflict of interest that may be more restrictive;

(h) Refrain from having financial interests incompatible with the impartial, objective, and effective performance of duties. Activities that may create a conflict of interest must be addressed in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Oregon University System's Internal Management Directives and other applicable rules and policies;

(i) Receive the written consent of the originator of proprietary ideas and designs before using them; and

(j) Foster fair, ethical, and legal trade practices.

(k) Execute the OUS Conflict of Interest Statement before any person may participate in the evaluation or selection of a Contractor or vendor under a Formal Procurement process.

(l) On an annual basis, sign a statement that the employee has reviewed and will comply with the OUS Code of Ethics.

(2) This code is for the Oregon University System's internal use only and creates no obligations enforceable by Contractors, Proposers, Bidders, or other parties doing business with an Institution, nor may it be used by Contractors, Proposers, Bidders, or other parties doing business with an Institution who are challenging actions taken by an Institution or its officers, employees, or agents. This code may not be the only statement on ethics applicable to an employee.


The Seven Principles of Public Life

Selflessness: Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest.  They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.

Integrity: Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organizations that might influence them in the performance of their official duties.

Objectivity: In carrying out public business, including making public appointments or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

Accountability: Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public; and must submit themselves to whatever is scrutiny is appropriate to the office.

Openness: Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and action that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands it.

Honesty: Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

Leadership: Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leaders and example.