Saint Louis University

Pursuing a shared set of values that support the common good means that we seek to excel in all that we do, personally and professionally, within the University and across our communities. Administration and management personnel at every level should be role models for ethical activity in their colleges, schools, departments and units.

They should create a culture of values that promotes the highest standards of conduct for personal behavior and professional practice. The shared set of values identified in the 5Cs should enable all of us to identify standards of conduct that promote the common good.

Standards of conduct in our personal and professional lives at Saint Louis University are lived in a variety of ways. By implementing these Standards of Conduct for the Common Good, we celebrate the shared set of values that enable us to realize the mission of Saint Louis University.

Standards for Professional Codes of Ethics
To ensure competence and commitment, employees are responsible for understanding and complying with the Standards of Conduct for the Common Good as well as their academic and professional codes of ethics and standards. The purpose of these standards is to identify core values, to guide and hold each professional or practitioner accountable, to evaluate unethical conduct and to ensure that the best interest of the University is served.

Examples:
National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics
Institute of Internal Auditors Ethics and Standards
Hippocratic Oath
Model Code of Professional Responsibility for Lawyers
Rules Governing the Missouri Bar and Judiciary

Standards of Conduct for the Academic Environment
Our individual and collective competence is essential to achieving Saint Louis University's vision as the finest Jesuit, Catholic institution of higher education. We are a community of learners, scholars and practitioners committed to the University's mission of developing men and women for others and striving to make a difference in the society and the world in which we live. By establishing a culture of compassion and conscience, we facilitate competence while balancing the interests of individuals and the University for the common good.

Faculty Examples:
Academic Freedom
Conflict of Commitment (work in progress)
Conflict of Interest (work in progress)
Copyright (work in progress)
Extramural Activities
Grievances
Grounds for Termination or Letter of Appointment
Indemnification
Intellectual Property
Non-renewal of Contracts
Physician Services
Political and Public Service Activity
Serious Sanctions
Suspension from Duties

Student Examples:
Academic Misconduct
Alcohol and Drugs
Code of Non-Academic Student Discipline and Responsibility
Equal Educational Opportunity
Family and Educational Right to Privacy
General Standards for Student Organizations
General Student Rules and Regulations
Residence Hall/Apartment Style Living Unit Policies
Sexual Assault

Standards of Conduct for the Work Environment
Saint Louis University recognizes the value of all persons, including the health and safety of those individuals, fair treatment and respect for others, and the need for understanding as we learn to become men and women for others. We demonstrate competence in the performance of our work, show compassion and seek understanding as we model this behavior in the work we do. Therefore, we treat all members of our community with respect and abide by all federal laws, state laws and University policies governing the work environment.

General Policy Examples:
Americans with Disabilities Act
Conflict of Interest
Communicable Diseases
Drug Free Workplace
Employee Health and Safety
Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Family and Medical Leave Act
Immigration Reform and Control Act
Polygraph testing
Sexual Harassment
Substance Abuse Test
Weapons (work in progress)

Staff Examples:
Breaks and Meal Periods
Compensatory Time
Corrective Counseling
Criminal History Record Check
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
Employment Requisition Form
Flex Time
Job Performance Referencing
Overtime

Standards for Research
The pursuit of truth and knowledge requires conscience and commitment to sustain creativity, integrity and objectivity in research, publication, invention and transfer of technology. We design and conduct research with compassion for all living beings while seeking to advance the common good. University researchers are expected to demonstrate the highest ethical standards and maintain compliance with applicable laws. This includes disclosing and managing real and potential conflicts of interest that might cause governmental agencies or others to suspect or find that individuals have personally benefitted or have been unduly influenced by outside sponsors or benefactors.

Policy Examples:
Animal Care
Conflict of Interest
Institutional Review Board
Intellectual Property
Responsibilities for Management and Verification of Grant Expenditures and Time and Effort
Research Integrity
Safety

Standards of Conduct for the Health Care Environment
We expect competence and excellence in complying with all state and federal laws governing operations, and consistent with established standards and ethics. This is of special importance when claiming payment for professional services. The University Medical Group and its employees have an obligation to patients, third party payers, and state and federal governments to exercise diligence, care and integrity. All physicians, clinicians and other University employees are committed to patient-doctor confidentiality and are required to be in compliance with HIPAA regulations and patient rights. The following policies outline University standards in the health care environment (excluding research).

Policy Examples:
Confidentiality - HIPAA
Patient Rights
Physician Services
SLUCare
   Authentication - Signatures/Entry Dating
   Clinical Office Site Review
   Compliance and Billing Information
   Consent/Informed Consent for Treatment
   External Patient Transportation
   Medical Record Accessibility
   Medical Records Documentation
   Medical Record Security
   Medical Staff Appointment Process
   Patient Complaints and Grievance Procedure
   Patient's Rights and Responsibilities
   Patient Transfer Policy
   Physician Terminology
   Release of Information - Contract Organizations
   Release of Information - Faxing Patient Health Information Renewal Appointment Process
   Service Excellence Performance Standards
   UMG Compliance - General Policy


Standards of Conduct for University Records and Assets
Members of the SLU community are committed to using University resources, including records and assets, in accordance with University policies and procedures. In the absence of policies and procedures, members of the community are to ensure that no conflicts of interests exist and that resources are used only for authorized University purposes.

Policy Examples:
Conflict of Interest
Extramural Activities
ITS Acceptable Use
Information Privacy and Security

Standards of Conduct for Business and Corporate Relations
SLU employees have a responsibility to the University community before individual interests. SLU employees are committed to avoiding direct or indirect interest, financial or otherwise, in a corporation or business, engagement in a professional activity, or obligations of any nature that are in substantial conflict with or might reasonably tend to influence the employee's official duties at SLU. All employees have a commitment to annually disclose any financial arrangement with a company or entity external to SLU that might create a potential conflict of interest. Confidential information about SLU students, employees, patients, strategies and operations is a valuable asset. Although an employee may use confidential information to perform a job, it must not be shared with others inside or outside the University, unless the individuals have a legitimate need to know. Then the information is shared in compliance with applicable law, policies and procedures. Confidential information includes personal data, student information, patient information, financial data, strategic plans, marketing strategies, employee lists and data, supplier and subcontractor information and proprietary computer software.

Policy Examples:
Bylaws of Saint Louis University
Conflict of Interest
Contributions to Not-for-Profit Organizations
Family and Educational Right to Privacy Act
Gifts and Entertainment Policy
Indemnification
Information Privacy and Security
Political Activities

Management Responsibilities
Management personnel at every level are expected to set an ethical "tone" at the top and to model behavior for ethical behavior in their departments. They should create a departmental culture that promotes the highest standards of ethics and compliance and encourages everyone in the department to voice concerns when they arise. Managers and supervisors include all individuals who have, as a part of their job description, the supervision of any University employee. The promotion of and adherence to this program by all management and supervisors is considered an integral part of their job performance.

Managers and supervisors are required to ensure and verify that all employees attend appropriate awareness training at SLU. Supervisors and managers must inform employees that SLU will take disciplinary action for violation of these policies, procedures and regulatory requirements and that adherence to laws, regulations and policies is a condition of employment. Managers and supervisors are responsible for discussing with their employees the Standards of Conduct for the Common Good and compliance policies and procedures specifically related to their job function.

Education and Training
As an institution of higher education, SLU is committed to effectively communicating our standards and procedures to all employees by providing education and training to develop compliance awareness and commitment. All administration, faculty, medical staff, employees and students must attend both general and specific compliance training applicable to their job functions at SLU.

The Faculty Manual of Saint Louis University and the Saint Louis University Student Handbook document many of these policies, some of which are listed in this brochure. Specific operating units and schools also have standards of conduct and policies in addition to University policies, that establish specific standards for faculty and students.

Monitoring and Support
SLU is committed to ongoing monitoring of organizational activity and compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and your immediate supervisor is the first resource. Supervisors have been designated to assist all employees who have questions or concerns. The University may also use the expertise of SLU staff for auditing as well as external auditing firms to evaluate effectiveness.

Employee and Student Responsibilities
All employees and students are responsible for knowing and practicing the Standards of Conduct for the Common Good. Individuals are encouraged to seek clarification or guidance from the appropriate supervisor or administrator. In the event of a potential conflict, assistance can be obtained by contacting those persons designated in a specific policy or in the list of resources provided.