Code of Conduct
Columbia University strives to ensure responsibility and accountability. We believe that every person at every level within our organization has an obligation to perform his or her duties with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. Only when this occurs can we ensure that we are meeting our obligations, observing our values and protecting our reputation.
In support of these principles, the University has established an Administrative Code of Conduct. The Code has been developed to promote an environment of respect that is central to the success of the University and the individuals who work here. In addition, the Code contains a Statement of Ethical Conduct. As this Statement provides, the University expects all Officers of Instruction, Officers of Research and Officers of Administration, support staff and students to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct.
Columbia University is committed to operating with integrity and in full compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies. The University does not tolerate retaliation against individuals who report compliance concerns in good faith. Columbia relies on you to speak up if you believe that you have observed unethical, illegal or suspicious behavior. There are a number of resources available to individuals who have such a concern. You may be able to discuss the concern with a supervisor or another responsible person in your own unit, or with one of the many specialized compliance offices around the University. Reports may also be made anonymously by phone to the University Hotline at (866) 627-3768 or online through the links located at: http://www.compliance.columbia.edu/hotline.html.
In addition, in 2013 the federal government enacted a pilot program, effective until January 1, 2017, regarding protections for employees against reprisal for certain whistleblowing activities in connection with federal grants and contracts. A summary of the program’s provisions can be found here.