President’s Statement of Commitment to Ethical Conduct
Ethical conduct is a core value in our community and the cornerstone of our standing as an institution chartered to serve the public good. We are committed to:
- Dealing with others honestly and in good faith
- Avoiding conflicts of interest and commitment, both in fact and in appearance
- Preserving confidentiality
- Compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations
- Prohibiting retaliation against those who make good-faith reports of violations of law or University policy
- Timely and accurate public disclosures
These principles are embodied in our Code of Ethical Conduct.
A key feature of the Code of Ethical Conduct is the availability of a confidential reporting hotline operated by EthicsPoint, an independent reporting service. The hotline allows members of our community or others to confidentially submit allegations of breaches of this Code and provides links to related resources. Complaints may be submitted to EthicsPoint anonymously through the website, by letter, or by telephone.
Primary responsibility for the administration of the Code of Ethical Conduct rests with a Compliance Committee that reports to, and is subject to the oversight of, the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees. The Compliance Committee consists of the University Provost; the Medical Campus Provost; the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the Board of Trustees; the Senior Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer; the Senior Vice President for Operations; the Associate Vice President of Internal Audit; the Associate Vice President for Compliance Services; the Vice President for Human Resources, and such other members as may be appointed by the President.
Our entire leadership team—vice presidents, deans, directors, department heads, and other supervisors—is responsible for fostering respect for the values embodied in the Code of Ethical Conduct and for ensuring compliance. University employees who have questions or concerns about their obligations under the Code, possible illegal or unethical behavior, or noncompliance with University policy should speak with their supervisors or a member of the Compliance Committee. Please note that the Code is not intended to replace, and may be supplemented by, specific University policies that have been adopted in the past and that may be adopted in the future.
Every member of our community shares in the responsibility to promote a positive and ethical work environment at Boston University. I urge you to review the Code of Ethical Conduct carefully and to do your part to ensure that its standards and guidelines are followed. Thank you for your attention and commitment to this important foundation of our academic community.
Robert A. Brown
Boston University has established a hotline to provide a way to anonymously and confidentially report activities that may involve improper conduct or violations of University policies. The University has selected EthicsPoint to provide this service for the University community.
If you would like to make a report through EthicsPoint, you may do so on the web by clicking here, or by going to www.ethicspoint.com, selecting “File a New Report or Follow-up on a Report,” entering “Boston University” under “File a New Report,” and then clicking the “Submit” button. You may also submit a report by telephone through the EthicsPoint Call Center by dialing toll-free 1-866-294-8451. Alternatively, you may submit a report in writing to the following address: Boston University, C/O EthicsPoint, PO Box 230369, Portland, OR 97223.