University sets new ethics code

Austin Ramsey
News Editor

The University released a notice of acknowledgement regarding the Murray State Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct Wednesday.
The notice must be signed by all University employees and returned to Human Resources by Thursday.
The statement and notice apply to all regular full-time and part-time faculty and staff members, student workers, temporaries and volunteers.
The statement, published earlier this week, binds University employees by six different ethical principles. Those principles are then followed by the different applications through a code of conduct.
Future employees will be required to sign the notice to show their agreement with the statement, it reads.
University President Randy Dunn said he and University attorney John Rall began drafting the statement five years ago at the suggestion of the Council on Postsecondary Education that all public institutions in the state do so, Dunn said.
When the University hired the external auditing firm RubinBrown, the firm suggested the University complete its efforts, given the various corporate governance reforms that had been taking place nationally, he said.
“So we finalized our draft and MSU’s Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct was reviewed and formally adopted by the Board of Regents,” Dunn said. “With the start of this new year, we are now in the process of that policy implementation and the HR Department has been charged with providing notice to all Murray State employees and volunteers about the Statement and getting back acknowledgement forms that they have reviewed such.”
Copies of both the statement and the notice of acknowledgement are available at the Human Resources homepage.
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