UAB’s Values in Action
Tuesday, November 08, 2011

I often speak of UAB’s innovative, collaborative character that enables us to achieve our goals and have a profound impact on education, health and quality of life throughout our local and global community.  Another important aspect of that character is the principled manner in which we achieve our goals.  Because we have a deeply rooted set of values that defines and guides us as an organization, every project we undertake and every service we provide reflects UAB’s commitment to ethical behavior.  Today, I am pleased to share with you a new tool for sustaining those high ethical standards: the UAB Enterprise Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct delineates how UAB’s values are put into in action daily on this campus, outlining the types of behavior that exemplify our core principles of integrity, service, respect, and collaboration.  The Code will offer helpful directions if and when we’re faced with difficult ethical decisions or are not quite sure how to approach a particular challenge.

The Code is built around eight standards, each of which addresses an important aspect of our work, no matter what position we hold:

  1. Provide quality education, research, healthcare, business interactions, and other services.
  2. Treat individuals with respect.
  3. Comply with applicable laws, regulations and policies.
  4. Use confidential information responsibly.
  5. Acknowledge and appropriately manage conflicts of interest.
  6. Safeguard and accurately account for UAB resources.
  7. Provide a safe environment.
  8. Document, code, bill, and collect in accordance with applicable rules and regulations.

All employees should review the full document at www.uab.edu/compliance/code.  You will find also some helpful resources, such as case-based discussion items illustrating how the eight standards might apply to various situations, and how you can most appropriately and constructively raise questions or concerns so that we can address difficult issues together in a timely fashion. 

You will be hearing more about the new Enterprise Code of Conduct in coming months  from the leaders in your area, and  I look forward to discussing what the Code means to me with  the President’s Cabinet this week.  This is an important conversation to have as a campus because, in practicing sound ethical behavior as individuals, we are collectively fostering a strong ethical culture that promotes trust and public confidence in this institution.

Please join me in supporting the UAB Enterprise Code of Conduct.

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