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VCU Code of Conduct


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VCU’s Code of Conduct expresses our values, ethical principles and our commitment to doing the right thing. The Code highlights some of the laws, regulations, universitywide policies and ethical standards everyone is expected to follow. Our actions shape the public's view of VCU, which is why it is so important that we each take responsibility to act ethically in all situations.

Additionally, the Code of Conduct helps us to identify potential issues, lists resources where we can find more information and outlines our reporting options when we have a concern. It also serves as a reminder to treat others with the utmost respect and professionalism.

Our Code is part of the universitywide Ethics and Compliance Program, supported by the Board of Visitors, the president and senior leadership. The Integrity and Compliance Office oversees the Ethics and Compliance Program with the support of the Compliance Advisory Committee.


Code of Conduct Open Forums

To learn more about the development process and features of our code, click here to view the Open Forum Presentation.


Frequently asked questions

Who must follow our Code of Conduct?

Our Code of Conduct applies to all employees. This includes the president, senior leadership, faculty, classified staff, hourly staff and student employees.

Student expectations are outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

Does our Code of Conduct include all laws, policies and values I should know?
Our Code of Conduct summarizes many of VCU's expectations of how we conduct university business, but it does not cover every law, regulation or policy that applies to your work. It is your responsibility to know, understand and follow the rules that apply to your job.

Additionally, VCU departments/offices/schools may have more specific guidance on the topics discussed in our Code of Conduct. You can find much of that guidance on the respective area's website.