Salus University holds itself and Community Members to the following standards of conduct:
1. Act Ethically and with Integrity.
Ethical conduct is a fundamental expectation for every Community Member of Salus University. In practicing and modeling ethical conduct, Community Members are expected to:
a. Act according to the highest ethical and professional standards of conduct;
b. Be personally accountable for individual actions;
c. Conscientiously fulfill obligations toward students, advisees, colleagues, and the public in performing duties as part of the University community; and
d. Communicate ethical standards of conduct through instruction and example.
2. Be Fair and Respectful to Others.
Salus University is committed to inclusion, tolerance, diversity, and respect for differences. When dealing with others, Community Members are expected to:
a. Be respectful, fair, and civil;
b. Speak professionally, positively, and productively;
c. Respect and defend the free inquiry of associates, even when it leads to findings and conclusions that differ from their own;
d. Strive to be objective in their professional judgment of colleagues;
e. Avoid all forms of harassment, discrimination, threats, or violence;
f. Provide and promote equal access to programs, facilities, and employment;
g. Accept their share of responsibility for the governance of the institution;
h. Acknowledge and, in good faith, follow direction from those to whom they report; and
i. Promote conflict resolution.
3. Manage Responsibly.
Salus University entrusts Community Members who supervise or instruct employees or students with significant responsibility. Managers, supervisors, instructors, and advisors are expected to:
a. Ensure access to and delivery of proper training and guidance on applicable workplace and educational rules, laws, policies, and procedures, as well as these Principles;
b. Ensure compliance with applicable laws, policies, procedures and workplace rules;
c. Review performance conscientiously and impartially;
d. Foster intellectual growth and professional development; and
e. Promote a healthy, innovative, and productive atmosphere that encourages discussion and is responsive to concerns.
4. Protect and Preserve University Resources.
Salus University is dedicated to responsible stewardship. Community Members are expected to:
a. Use all University property, including equipment, finances, materials, electronic and other systems, information, and other University resources only for legitimate University purposes and in accordance with University policies;
b. Not mistreat or damage University property;
c. Prevent waste and abuse;
d. Be a good steward of all university resources;
e. Promote efficient operations;
f. Follow sound financial practices, including accurate financial reporting, processes to protect assets, and responsible fiscal management and internal controls; and
g. Engage in appropriate accounting and monitoring.
5. Promote a Culture of Compliance with Applicable Laws, Regulations, and Policies.
Salus University is committed to meeting legal requirements and to fostering a culture of ethics and compliance.
A. Expectations – Community Members are expected to:
a. Learn and follow applicable laws, regulations, contracts, environmental health and safety policies, and all Salus University policies and procedures applicable to their University duties and responsibilities;
b. Be proactive to prevent and detect any compliance violations or noncompliant activities;
c. Report violations or noncompliance to supervisors or other University officials with the assurance that Salus University policy prohibits retaliation against anyone who does so in good faith; and
d. Ensure that reports of violations within their area of responsibility are properly resolved, including disclosure to sponsors or other state or federal authorities, as appropriate.
B. Prohibition – Community Members are prohibited from:
a. Willfully violating applicable laws, regulations, and policies; and
b. Retaliating against another Community Member for reporting a suspected compliance violation.
6. Preserve Academic Freedom and Meet Academic Responsibilities.
Academic freedom is essential to achieving Salus University’s mission. Community Members are expected to:
a. Promote academic freedom, including the freedom to discuss all relevant matters in the classroom;
b. Explore all avenues of scholarship, research, and creative expression;
c. Meet academic responsibilities to seek and state the truth as they see it;
d. Develop and maintain their scholarly competence;
e. Foster and defend intellectual honesty and freedom of inquiry and instruction;
f. In the exchange of criticism and ideas, show respect for those with differing views and allow others to express their views;
g. Submit their knowledge and claims to peer review, where applicable
h. Work together to foster the education of students;
i. Speak or write as a public citizen without institutional restraint or discipline; and
j. Acknowledge when they are not speaking for the institution.
7. Ethically Conduct Teaching and Research.
Salus University researchers have an ethical obligation to the University and to the larger global community as they seek knowledge and understanding. Community Members are expected to:
a. Propose, conduct, and report research with integrity and honesty;
b. Protect people and humanely treat animals involved in research or teaching;
c. Learn, follow, and demonstrate accountability for meeting and ensuring compliance with the requirements of sponsors, regulatory bodies, and other applicable entities;
d. Faithfully describe and transmit research data and findings;
e. Protect rights to individual and University intellectual property;
f. Ensure originality of work, provide credit for the ideas of others upon which their work is built, and be responsible for the accuracy and fairness of information published; and
g. Fairly assign authorship credit on the basis of an appropriate array of significant intellectual contributions, including conception, design, and performance; analysis and interpretation; and manuscript preparation and critical editing for intellectual content.
8. Refrain from Conflicts of Interest and Commitment.
Salus University is an institution of public trust. Community Members have an obligation to be objective and impartial in making decisions on behalf of the University. To ensure this objectivity, Community Members are expected to:
a. Prevent individual or institutional conflicts of commitment in their assigned duties for the University.
b. Disclose potential conflicts of interest and adhere to any requirements created to manage or eliminate any conflicts of interest;
c. Ensure personal relationships do not interfere with objective judgment in decisions affecting University employment or the academic progress of a Community Member or a student; and
d. Ensure their assigned duties for the University receive their full effort, attention, and commitment.
9. Carefully Manage Public, Private, and Confidential Information.
Salus University Community Members are the creators and custodians of many types of information. The public right to access and the individual’s right to privacy are both governed by laws and University policies. To meet these responsibilities, Community Members are expected to:
a. Learn and follow federal, state, and local laws and Salus University policies and agreements regarding access, use, protection, disclosure, retention, and disposal of public, private, and confidential information;
b. Follow document preservation, retention, and destruction guidelines; and
c. Maintain data security using electronic and physical standards.
10. Promote Health and Safety in the Workplace.
Salus University Community Members have a shared responsibility to ensure a safe, secure, and healthy environment for all students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and visitors. Community Members are expected to:
a. Follow safe workplace practices, including participating in applicable education sessions using appropriate personal safety equipment, and reporting accidents, injuries, and unsafe situations;
b. Maintain security, including securing University assets and facilities;
c. Report suspicious activities and suspected abuse;
d. Protect the environment, including learning and following applicable health and safety policies, and carefully handling hazardous waste and other potentially harmful agents, materials, or conditions; and
e. Protect the health of others and themselves by not smoking or using tobacco on campus, and maintaining a substance-free workplace.