President’s Statement of Commitment to Ethical Conduct

Dear Colleagues,

Let me begin by thanking you for everything you have done to help the University complete a successful fall semester. I realize that, even with a highly vaccinated community, the strain of living and working with COVID-19 has been significant for each of us.

I write you today to reinforce the values that have helped hold our community together through the pandemic—a devotion to our mission of education and research and a work culture of mutual respect. We also value ethical conduct, which is a 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. Our hope is that all our students, staff, and faculty are committed to these principles. A key feature of our effort to adhere to these principles is the 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 includes:

  • University Provost and Chief Academic Officer
  • Medical Campus Provost
  • Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of the Board of Trustees
  • Senior Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer
  • Senior Vice President for Operations
  • Associate Vice President for Internal Audit
  • Associate Vice President for Compliance Services
  • Vice President for Human Resources

All leaders across the University are 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 our responsibility to promote a positive and ethical work environment throughout our academic community. 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 Boston University.

Sincerely,

Robert A. Brown signature
Robert A. Brown
President

 

Reporting Hotline

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.

 

Reporting Hotline

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.