UMUC Contractor Code of Ethics
Originator: Office of Legal Affairs
Subject: UMUC Contractor Code of Ethics
As a federal contractor, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) must maintain high ethical standards and comply with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Adherence to this Code is required for UMUC as a federal contractor in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.203-13 Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct.
- Code: The Contractor Code of Ethics.
- Compliance Program: UMUC's written procedures and practices that are designed to ensure all employees are aware of its Contractor Code of Ethics and adhere to its standards.
- Employee: Any person employed by UMUC, including all faculty and staff, regardless of division or employment status.
- Overseas Employee Code of Conduct: The Code of Conduct that applies to all employees assigned to or visiting UMUC's overseas divisions (both in Asia and Europe). This Code of Conduct is available on the overseas divisions' intranet sites and copies can be received by contacting the Office of the Senior Vice President for Overseas Operations.
Employee Obligations Under the Code
Employees must comply with this Code and if they do not, they may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of their employment with UMUC. Specific Obligations all employees have under this Code include the following:
- Duty to Report: All employees have a duty to report all suspected violations of the Code or other potentially unethical behavior by anyone, including other employees and contractors. Reports may be made to UMUC's Office of Legal Affairs at email@example.com or to UMUC's Ombuds Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous reports may be made to USM's Office of Internal Audit Fraud Hotline.
- Compliance with Laws: All employees are required to follow all federal, state and local laws applicable to them during their employment with UMUC. This includes, but is not limited to, criminal laws regarding fraud, conflicts of interest, and bribery.
- Discrimination/Harassment Prevention & Elimination: UMUC's Policy and Procedures on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harassment was established to prevent or eliminate discrimination and/or harassment in accordance with due process while protecting the rights of our students, faculty, and staff. Under this Policy and Procedures, employees are required to fully cooperate with any investigations of alleged discrimination and/or harassment. If an employee fails to do so or provides false information during an investigation, the employee may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. See UMUC Policy 040.30 - Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity.
- Drug-Free Workplace: All UMUC employees are subject to the University System of Maryland's Policy on a Drug-Free Workplace. In accordance with this Policy, UMUC's workplace should be free from the illegal possession or distribution of controlled substances. In addition to any legal penalties that may be applicable to employees, they will also be subject to disciplinary action if they violate USM's Policy on a Drug-Free Workplace.
- Conflicts of Interest: Employees are obligated to avoid situations and activities which could conflict with their employment at UMUC. Employees must also comply with the Maryland Public Ethics Act. This includes the following:
- An employee may not participate in a matter involving a company or other business entity in which he or she or certain relatives (spouse, father, mother, sister, brother, or child) have a legal or financial ownership interest.
- An employee may not participate in a matter involving a company or other business entity in which he or she or certain relatives (spouse, father, mother, sister, brother, or child) are employed or may be employed.
- An employee may not have a financial interest in, or be employed by, an entity having or negotiating a contract with UMUC. This includes serving on a private board of directors, even if there is no compensation for this service.
- An employee may not hold any secondary employment relationship that would impair the employee’s impartiality and independence of judgment.
- An employee may not intentionally use the prestige of his/her employment or of UMUC for his/her own private gain.
- Miscellaneous unsolicited gifts of a nominal value, not including cash and gift cards, may be accepted by employees. However, an employee may not solicit gifts and may not knowingly accept any gift, directory or indirectly, if it would result in an actual or a perceived conflict of interest. This could be when the gift is from any person whom the employee knows or has reason to know:
- is doing or seeking to business of any kind with UMUC,
- is engaged in activities that are controlled by UMUC,
- has financial interests that may be substantially affected in a specific way by the employee, or
- is a lobbyist with respect to the matters within UMUC's functional jurisdiction.
- An employee may not disclose confidential information acquired during his/her employment for his/her own or another's economic benefit.
- Confidentiality: Employees may require access to confidential, personal information in order to perform their job duties. This information may include confidential student and/or employee records and other documents which contain personally identifiable information (PII), collectively referred to as "Confidential Information". With respect to Confidential Information, employees have the following obligations:
- Employees shall ensure that they comply with all applicable UMUC and USM policies, procedures, and practices concerning the confidentiality of records and PII. This includes UMUC’s Policy 210.14 – Disclosure of Student Records, Policy 055.00 – Public Records Containing Sociological Information, and Policy 400.20 – Inquiries Regarding Employees.
- Employees shall not disclose, permit access to, or otherwise allow disclosure of Confidential Information unless they are specifically permitted or required to do so in order to perform their job duties.
- Employees shall not maintain any documents which contain Confidential Information unless required to do so in the performance of their job duties.
- Overseas Employee Code of Conduct: Employees who are employed by or visiting UMUC's overseas divisions are also obligated to abide by this Code of Conduct.
- Supervisory Employees: In addition to the obligations already stated in this Code, supervisory employees:
- Shall ensure that the employees they supervise are acting in a manner consistent with this Code, and
- Shall not direct the employees they supervise to participate in, approve or tolerate any violation of any provision of this Code.
Additional Information About Code
For additional information about this Code, please contact the Office of Legal Affairs at email@example.com
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