For the Record: Expected Professional Conduct of
Faculty, Staff Outlined in Ethics Policy
President William R. Brody is sending today a
broadcast message to all faculty and staff regarding the
university's Statement of Ethical Standards, which is
revised annually. The Gazette is printing his letter and
the statement in their entirety.
Dear Johns Hopkins Colleague:
The university's Statement of Ethical Standards, as revised
and reissued annually, guides the professional conduct of
all faculty and staff. The most recent version of that
statement is online at
Please carefully review the statement; you are expected to
observe diligently the standards it outlines. You will note
that it makes reference to university policies. Some of
those policies are universitywide in application, and some
are specific to a school or other unit of the university.
Please check with your supervisor if you are not certain
which policies apply to you.
Johns Hopkins was founded for the betterment of human life
and is funded largely through philanthropy and the public
trust. Everything we do rests on an unimpeachable
reputation for integrity. We all, therefore, have a
responsibility to conduct ourselves and the university's
business in an ethical manner. It is important that you
never hesitate to come forward if something does not seem
right to you. If you have knowledge of, or suspect,
unethical or illegal behavior, call the Johns Hopkins
Compliance line at 877-932-6675 (877-WE-COMPLY).
I am confident that you will take your responsibilities in
this area to heart and uphold the ethical principles long
associated with Johns Hopkins.
William R. Brody
The Johns Hopkins University
The Johns Hopkins University Statement of Ethical
This statement requires compliance by faculty and staff
with all applicable laws and university policies in all
university activities, including teaching, research,
clinical care, employment and contracting. It is essential
that the faculty and staff of The Johns Hopkins University
maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical
conduct, both in fact and in appearance.
The following principles are the standards of ethical
behavior required of Johns Hopkins University faculty and
1. Faculty and staff are expected to obey all
federal, state and local laws, including, but not limited
to, those pertaining to equal opportunity,
nondiscrimination and harassment.
2. Faculty and staff must abide by the university's
Conflict of Interest Policies and its Conflict of
3. Faculty and staff must maintain the
confidentiality of information as required under university
policies or applicable law, including the confidentiality
of personnel, student and patient medical records, and
4. Faculty and staff members may not accept gifts or
entertainment that might influence their decision making or
compromise their judgment. Faculty and staff should not
accept gifts, hospitality, favors or entertainment with a
value of more than $100 from any vendors who have current
or pending business arrangements with the university over
which that person has authority or influence. If they are
uncertain about the value of an offer or whether the offer
can be accepted under this policy, faculty and staff should
consult with their immediate supervisor. Ordinary business
courtesies, such as occasional business lunches (which
should be well below $100 in cost), are excluded from this
5. Faculty and staff should report ethical standards
violations as indicated in the relevant university
policies; or by contacting the Office of Internal Audits or
the Office of Vice President and General Counsel; or by
calling the University Hotline at 877-932-6675.
6. Retaliation against an employee who has in good
faith reported an alleged unethical practice will not be
Questions concerning ethical behavior should be directed to
one's supervisor, the Office of Internal Audits, or the
Office of Vice President and General Counsel. Supervisors
seeking guidance should contact these same offices.
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