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Contracts & Grants: Ethical Values and Conduct

Ethical Values & Conduct


Members of the University of California community are committed to the highest ethical standards in furtherance of our mission of teaching, research and public service. We recognize that we hold the University in trust for the people of the State of California. Our policies, procedures, and standards provide guidance for application of the ethical values stated below in our daily life and work as members of this community.

We are committed to:

  • Integrity: We will conduct ourselves with integrity in our dealings with and on behalf of the University.
  • Excellence: We will conscientiously strive for excellence in our work.
  • Accountability: We will be accountable as individuals and as members of this community for our ethical conduct and for compliance with applicable laws and University policies and directives.
  • Respect: We will respect the rights and dignity of others.

Additional reading: Statement of Ethical Values 


All members of the University community, including The Regents, Officers of The Regents, faculty and other academic personnel, staff, students, volunteers, contractors, agents and others associated with the University are expected to abide by these Standards of Ethical Conduct:

Additional Reading: Standards of Ethical Conduct


Reporting Improper Activities

•Illegal activities and significant policy violations should always be reported in accordance with applicable laws and policies

 •The University is committed to responsible evaluation of all reports of violations of the Standards of Ethical Conduct and/or alleged improper activities on the part of members of the University community.

 •The University has established processes for reporting and investigating any suspected wrongdoing, including an anonymous hotline people are encouraged to use if they don't feel comfortable bringing the matter forward openly.

 •An individual who is made aware of an improper act should consult with someone at a higher level of authority or with the Locally Designated Official (LDO) to determine how to handle the matter.


UC Whistleblower Hotline (anonymous/confidential)

(800) 403-4744 or

Please visit the ANR Whisleblower page to learn more.

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