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Code of Conduct


This Code of Conduct Policy sets forth the general principles and expectations to which all members of the University Community (as defined below) are expected to adhere. This policy is written to uphold Pacific's values of academic excellence, community engagement, diversity and inclusion, integrity and accountability, respect and civility, and student-centeredness, and to support compliance with federal, state, local laws and regulations, University policies and procedures, contractual and grant obligations, professional standards, and generally accepted principles of ethical conduct.


This policy applies to all members of the University Community (defined to include faculty, staff, administrators, Regents, volunteers, consultants, contractors, and others when performing services for the University, using University resources or facilities, and/or acting on behalf of the University).

All members of the University Community are individually accountable for their own actions and behavior. Supervisors and managers are responsible for monitoring and enforcing conduct of their employees and volunteers. Monitoring and enforcement relating to actions of individual Regents shall be administered by the Board of Regents. The conduct of contractors, consultants, and other third parties will be monitored and enforced primarily by the contracting unit of the university in coordination with Procurement Services.


Ethical StandardsPrinciples such as honesty, integrity, respect, fairness, and accountability, which guide behaviors and decision-making in any given circumstance.
ProfessionA disciplined group of individuals who hold themselves out as, and are accepted by the public as possessing special knowledge and skills in a widely recognized body of learning derived from research, education and training at a high level, and who are prepared to apply this knowledge and exercise these skills in the interest of others.
Professional StandardsSet of practices, ethics, and behaviors to which the members of a profession adhere.
Personal BenefitReceiving a profit or gain pertaining to, directed toward, or affecting a person.
University CommunityFaculty, Staff, Administrators, Regents, Volunteers, Consultants, Contractors, or any individual(s) representing and/or acting on Pacific's behalf, when performing services for the University, or when using University resources


Policy Statement

Every member of the University Community shall conduct their activities and business practices in accordance with university policies and with the highest Ethical and Professional Standards.  All activities should be consistent with Pacific's values of academic excellence, community engagement, diversity and inclusion, integrity and accountability, respect and civility, and student-centeredness. Members belonging to a Profession governed by specific standards should adhere to such standards as well (e.g. attorneys, psychologists, or certified public accountants).

Respect for Others

Pacific is committed to practices and policies of equitable treatment, opportunity, civility, and respect in its relationship with members of the University Community and others who interact with the University. Members of the University Community are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, mental or physical disability, or other legally protected traits.

Compliance with the Law and University Policies

Each member of the University Community shall adhere to all laws, regulations, codes, university policies, and procedures which are applicable to their position(s). All members of the University Community are individually accountable for their own actions, and managers and supervisors are responsible for training, monitoring, and ensuring ethical behavior and compliance with laws, regulations, and policies.

Conducting Business Practices

Every member of the University Community shall conduct all business with honesty and integrity. This duty includes, but is not limited to: adherence to federal and state anti-fraud and referral prohibitions in dealing with vendors and referral services; adherence to all antitrust laws (such as those governing prices and other sales terms and conditions, improper sharing of competitive information, and group boycotts); adhering to university policies and protecting and preserving university property and assets including proprietary intellectual property, buildings, equipment, books, supplies and funds. Financial and research reports and records should be prepared in accordance with policy and regulatory guidelines and reflect each transaction accurately. Members of the University Community are expected to exercise reasonable judgement in the use of university resources, acting with care and prudence at all times, understanding that University funds derive from our students, donors, or contracts with consultants, contractors, and others, which specify our obligations.

Conflicts of Interest

Members of the University Community may not use their position or affiliation with the University to obtain Personal Benefit for themselves, family members, or personal associates. Members of the University Community have a duty to avoid and/or disclose conflicts between personal interests and official responsibilities, and are accountable for following University policy and guidelines for reporting and reviewing actual, potential, and perceived conflicts of interest [link].

Academic Integrity

Members of the University Community participating in learning, teaching, or research activities shall conduct their activities with the highest standards of honesty and integrity, and in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, contractual and/or grant obligations, and University codes, policies, and procedures.

Reporting Violations

Each member of the University Community shall uphold the standards of the University and all violations of the Code should be reported. Members of the University Community are encouraged to report suspected violations to their supervisor or the Office of Compliance and Ethics. Anonymous reports of violations can be made to the University's Compliance Helpline at: 1 (800) 854-8443 or Online [link].

Retribution, adverse action, or other reprisal for good-faith reporting under this policy is prohibited as outlined in the University's Whistleblower Policy [link].

All claims of non-compliance regarding this policy will be reviewed and conducted in conformity with the Standards for University Investigations Policy [link].


Alleged violations of the Code of Conduct will be addressed in accordance with the Disciplinary Action Policy for Compliance Misconduct [link].

Contact Information

Subject or AllegationsContact / Department PhoneEmailWebpage
General compliance or questions about compliant activityOffice of Compliance and Ethics(209)

Office of Compliance and Ethics


All questions and complaints, including anonymous reportsCompliance Helpline1 (800) 854-8443 Compliance Helpline  


Related Information


University Policies


University of the Pacific Policies
Staff Handbook
Faculty Handbook

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