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Principles of Responsible Conduct

For a PDF of this document which will be updated, as necessary, with the most up-to-date links, click on the Principles of Responsible Conduct link on the Office of Audit, Compliance and Privacy website.

Introduction

The mission of the University of Pennsylvania and its Health System is to offer a world class education to our students, train future leaders of our country, expand and advance research and knowledge, serve our community and society both at home and abroad, and provide the most expert and outstanding health care for our patients. In pursuing this mission, and to ensure the continued excellence of the University and its reputation, all members of the University community need to understand and uphold both legal requirements and the highest of ethical standards. 

In the following Principles of Responsible Conduct, we articulate the basic expectations that should guide each of us in our work at Penn. These Principles are embedded within many policies and practices identified throughout University and Health System handbooks, manuals, websites and other materials. We have endeavored to distill these policies, rules, and guidelines for easy review and access. The Principles are not intended to be a comprehensive catalogue of all applicable rules and policies of the University and the Health System. Rather, these Principles set forth the underlying expectations that we have for the conduct of University and Health System activities with the highest standards of integrity and ethics. Useful sites to relevant policies and resources are included.

We urge you to read these Principles closely and familiarize yourself with both the expectations and the resources provided.

Amy Gutmann, President                                    

Ron Daniels, Provost

Craig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President

Arthur Rubenstein, Executive Vice President for the Health System

 

As reflected in the policies that are identified below, Penn has many policies that govern the behavior of all Penn faculty, administration and staff.  The ethical expectations contained in these policies are highlighted in the text of the ten principles that follow. 

1. Ethical and Responsible Conduct.Penn’s faculty, administration and staff should conduct themselves ethically, with the highest integrity, in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and University policies, in all aspects of their work. They should be fair and principled in University and Health System business transactions and other related professional activities, acting in good faith when dealing with both internal constituents and external entities. Their conduct should always reflect their positions of trust and loyalty with respect to the University, the Health System, and members of these communities. 

Policies, Statements and Guidelines:

Stewardship Statement–Office of Audit, Compliance and Privacy:

http://www.upenn.edu/audit/OACP/Compliance/
compliance_stewardship_statement.htm

Statement of Faculty Responsibility:

http://www.upenn.edu/assoc-provost/handbook/ii_e_1.html

Adherence to University Policy:

http://www.hr.upenn.edu/policy/policies/001.asp

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Policy Organizational Ethics:

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/hupadmpl/1_12_10a.pdf

Pennsylvania Hospital Policy Code of Ethical Behavior:

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/pahhome/pahpolicies/RE5.pdf

2. Respect for Others in the Workplace. Penn recognizes that people are the most important resource for achieving eminence in accomplishing our mission in the areas of teaching, research, community service, and patient care. Penn is an institution that values academic freedom, diversity and respect for one another. Penn is committed to the principle of non-discrimination and does not tolerate conduct that constitutes harassment on any basis, including sexual, racial, ethnic, religious, or gender harassment. 

Policies, Statements and Guidelines:

Academic Freedom:

http://www.upenn.edu/assoc-provost/handbook/ii_a.html

Diversity:

http://www.upenn.edu/affirm-action/

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault:

            Sexual Harassment Policy

            http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v51/n24/OR-shp.html

            Acquaintance Rape and Sexual Violence Policy No. 715

           http://www.upenn.edu/affirm-action/docs/oaaph.pdf

            Consensual Sexual Relations Between Faculty and Students

            http://www.upenn.edu/assoc-provost/handbook/vi_e.html

            Sexual Harassment Guidance

            http://www.upenn.edu/affirm-action/shhandbook.html

            Workplace Violence:

            http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/v50/n32/OR-vio.html

Drug Free Workplace:

http://www.hr.upenn.edu/policy/policies/705.asp

http://www.upenn.edu/assoc-provost/handbook/vi_f.html

http://www.upenn.edu/assoc-provost/handbook/vi_g.html

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Policy:

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/huphrpl/hr_pdfs/
Sexual%20Harrassment%202-05-15.pdf

Pennsylvania Hospital Policy:

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/pahhome/pahpolicies/HR60.pdf

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (HUP/CPUP) Policy Non-Discrimination:

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/hupadmpl/1_12_17.pdf

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action: University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Policy Statement

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/huphrpl/hr_pdfs/POLICY STATEMENT ON EQUAL OPPORTUNITY.pdf

Pennsylvania Hospital Policy:

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/pahhome/pahpolicies/HR2.pdf

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Staff Rights Policy:

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/huphrpl/hr_pdfs/Staff%20
Rights%
202-05-21.pdf

3. Avoidance of Conflict of Interest. As more fully stated in Penn’s conflict of interest policies, Penn’s faculty, administration and staff should avoid conflicts of interest in work at Penn. As a non-profit institution, it is imperative, for both legal and ethical reasons, that University and Health System employees do not improperly benefit from their positions of trust at Penn. Financial conflicts must be appropriately disclosed in accordance with conflict of interest and conflict of commitment policies, so that they can be reviewed, and as appropriate, managed or eliminated.  Faculty, administrators and staff are responsible for identifying potential conflicts and seeking appropriate guidance.

Policies, Statements and Guidelines:

Conflict of Interest General Website:

http://www.upenn.edu/research/rcr/conflict.htm

Conflict of Interest–Trustees: Conflict of Interest Policy June 2000

http://www.upenn.edu/research/CoiTrusteesResolution.pdf

Conflict of Interest–Faculty:

http://www.hr.upenn.edu/policy/policies/005.asp

Conflict of Interest–Staff:

http://www.hr.upenn.edu/policy/policies/005.asp

Guidelines for Extramural Activities:

http://www.hr.upenn.edu/policy/policies/006.asp

Policy Related to Copyright and Commitment of Effort:

http://www.upenn.edu/assoc-provost/handbook/v_e.html

University of Pennsylvania Health System Guidelines for

Extramural Activity of Faculty of Medical Center and Health System:

http://www.med.upenn.edu/facaffrs/Policies/
Extramural_Guidelines.pdf

Guidelines for Institutional Conflicts of Interest for the Leadership and  Senior Administration of the Health System:

http://www.med.upenn.edu/facaffrs/Policies/Conflict_of_
Interest_Guidelines.pdf

4. Responsible Conduct in Research.As members of a complex research university, Penn faculty, administrators and staff have significant responsibility to ensure that research is conducted with the highest integrity, and in compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, as well as University and Health System policy.

Policies, Statements and Guidelines:

University Policies and Procedures Relating to Research:

http://medley.isc-seo.upenn.edu/penn_portal/research.php

http://www.upenn.edu/assoc-provost/handbook/iii_a.html

Services for Researchers:

http://www.upenn.edu/research/DetailedPolicies.htm#COI

Responsible Conduct for Research:

http://www.upenn.edu/assoc-provost/handbook/iii_c.html

Penn Manual for Clinical Research:

http://www.med.upenn.edu/pennmanual/index.html

Patent Policy:

http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/issues/past/pdf_files/OR-patent-adobe.pdf

UPHS Compliance Program:

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/billcomp/compliance/index.html

Guidelines for Student Protection in Sponsored Research Projects:

http://www.upenn.edu/assoc-provost/handbook/iii_e.html

Vice Provost for Research:

http://medley.isc-seo.upenn.edu/penn_portal/research.php

5. Responsible Stewardship and Use of Penn Property, Funds, and Technology.Penn faculty, administration and staff are expected to ensure that Penn property, funds and technology are used appropriately to benefit the institution, consistent with all legal requirements as well as University and Health System policies. 

Policies, Statements and Guidelines:

Socially Responsible Purchasing:

http://www.purchasing.upenn.edu/social

Purchasing Overview for Newly Appointed Faculty and Staff:

http://www.purchasing.upenn.edu/buyinfo/overview.php

Use of University Resources:

http://www.hr.upenn.edu/policy/policies/003.asp

Safeguarding University Assets:

http://www.hr.upenn.edu/policy/policies/002.asp

Policy on Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources:

http://www.upenn.edu/computing/policy/aup.html

Purchasing (ProCard) and Fleet Fuel Card Program:

http://www.purchasing.upenn.edu/buytools/card.php

Fraud:

http://www.hr.upenn.edu/policy/policies/007.asp

Guidelines for Extramural Activities, Associations, & Interest for Staff:

http://www.hr.upenn.edu/policy/policies/006.asp

Employment of Members of the Same Family:

http://www.hr.upenn.edu/policy/policies/110.asp

Nepotism—University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Policy:

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/huphrpl/hr_pdfs/Nepotism%202-01-08.pdf

Pennsylvania Hospital Policy:

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/pahhome/pahpolicies/HR18.pdf

Dual Employment—Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Policy:

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/huphrpl/hr_pdfs/
Dual%20Employment%202-01-11.pdf

6. Environmental Health and Safety. Penn is committed to the protection of the health and safety of the university community and the creation of a safe working environment. To accomplish this end, Penn provides training in health and safety regulation and policy and Penn faculty, administration, and staff are expected to comply with sound practices and legal requirements.

Policies, Statements and Guidelines:

Penn’s Environmental Health and Safety Committee—Charge:

http://www.ehrs.upenn.edu/ehsc

7. Respect for Privacy and Confidentiality. In their various roles and positions at Penn, faculty, administration and staff become aware of confidential information of many different types. Such information may relate to students, employees, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, research sponsors, licensing partners, patients, and others. Penn faculty, administration and staff are expected to inform themselves about applicable legal, contractual, and policy obligations to maintain the confidentiality of such information, so as to protect it from improper disclosure, and to protect the privacy interests of members of our community.

Policies, Statements and Guidelines:

Privacy of Personal Information (Policy Related to Information):

http://www.upenn.edu/assoc-provost/handbook/v_a.html

Policy of Privacy in the Electronic Environment:

http://www.upenn.edu/assoc-provost/handbook/v_i.html

Confidentiality of Employee Records:

http://www.hr.upenn.edu/policy/policies/201.asp

Guidelines on the Confidentiality of Student Records:

http://www.upenn.edu/assoc-provost/handbook/iv_g.html

HUP Policies regarding HIPAA (Numbers H1-H20):

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/hupadmpl/1_12_H1.pdf

Pennsylvania Hospital Policies regarding HIPAA (Numbers hip1-hip21): http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/pahhome/pahpolicies/hip1.pdf

University of Pennsylvania Health System/University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Information Services Policy on Acceptable Use:

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/healthispl/pdf/is_acceptable.pdf

Confidentiality, Access to Information Security University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Policy:

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/hupadmpl/1_12_42.pdf

More information on privacy can be obtained at: http://www.upenn.edu/privacy

8. Appropriate Conduct with Respect to Gifts, Travel and Entertainment.Penn faculty, administration and staff are expected to conduct themselves so as to ensure that their positions are not misused for private gain, with respect to acceptance of gifts and the undertaking of university-related travel and entertainment.

Policies, Statements and Guidelines:

Gifts:

http://www.hr.upenn.edu/policy/policies/709.asp

Travel and Entertainment:

http://www.finance.upenn.edu/vpfinance/fpm/2350/2351.shtml

Acceptance of Gifts Grants, Contracts and Conditional Gifts:

http://www.upenn.edu/assoc-provost/handbook/vi_b.html

9. Appropriate Use of the University Name and Logos. Penn regulates the use of its name, its shield, and related trademarks and logos in order to protect the University’s reputation, and to ensure that their use is related to the University’s educational, research, community service, and patient care missions. Faculty, administration and staff are expected to protect the University name and logos from improper use.

Policies, Statements and Guidelines:

Use of the University’s Name:

http://www.upenn.edu/assoc-provost/handbook/vi_a.html

http://www.upenn.edu/secretary/nameuse.html

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center Policy on Faculty Use of Academic Titles & Institutional Stationery & Logos in Extramural Activity:

http://uphsxnet.uphs.upenn.edu/hupadmpl/1_12_09.pdf

10. Responsible Reporting of Suspected Violations and Institutional Response. Penn faculty, administration and staff are expected to report suspected material violations of University and Health System policies, as well as violations of applicable laws and regulations, to appropriate offices, as set forth in the various policies. Penn faculty, administration and staff may be subject to discipline in accordance with the policies.    

Policies, Statements and Guidelines:

Termination and Separation Policies:

http://www.hr.upenn.edu/policy/termination.asp

Procedure Governing Sanctions Taken Against Members of the Faculty, Faculty Handbook II.R.16:

http://www.upenn.edu/assoc-provost/handbook/ii_e_16.html

Confidential Reporting and Help Line (1-888-BEN-TIPS):

http://www.upenn.edu/audit/oacp/compliance/
888_BEN_TIPS.htm

University of Pennsylvania/Health System Resource Offices

Reporting Line 

1-888-BEN-TIPS

Audit, Compliance, and Privacy

215-898-7260

Billing Compliance Information Line

215-349-5423

Billing Compliance Reporting Line

215-349-5422

Division of Business Services

215-898-9155

Division of Public Safety

215-898-7297

Environmental Health and Radiation Safety Office

215-898-4453

Finance, Health System

215-662-2992

Human Resources, Health System

215-349-8418

Human Resources, University

215-898-7281

Information Services, Health System 

215-662-7474

Information Systems and Computing, University

215-898-1787

Human Resources, Learning & Education (University)

215-898-3400

Office of Affirmative Action

215-898-6993

Office of Comptroller, University

215-898-7593

Office of the General Counsel

215-746-5200

Office of Human Research

215-746-7400

Office of Regulatory Affairs

215-898-2614

Office of the Secretary

215-898-7005

Office of the Treasurer

215-898-1005

Ombudsman

215-898-8261

Research Services

215-898-7293

Risk Management

215-898-4327

Tax

215-898-6573

 

 

 



 
  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 26, March 21, 2006

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March 21, 2006
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