Statement of Ethics

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 3:15pm

TO: Campus community
FR: Joyce Lopes, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Administration and Finance
Statement of Ethics
Institutions of higher education are entrusted with great resources. University and auxiliary employees play a key role in assuring that high standards of ethical practice attend to the custody and use of these resources. 
Employees’ personal and professional conduct reflects on the institution, the collective profession and the higher education enterprise at large. The National Association of College and University Business Officers has devised the following statement of ethics:

  • Employees, conduct should be characterized by integrity and dignity, and they should expect and encourage such conduct by others.
  • Employees should adopt and be faithful to values that:
    • accord respect to self and others
    • preserve honesty in actions and statements
    • give fair and just treatment to all
    • accept intellectual and moral responsibility
    • aspire to achieve quality
    • refuse conflict, or the appearance of conflict, between personal and institutional interests, and
    • engender forthright expression of one’s own views and tolerance for the views of others.
    • Employees should act with competence and should strive to advance competence, both in self and in others.
  • Employees should understand and support the university’s objectives and policies, should be capable of interpreting them within and beyond the university and should contribute constructively to their ongoing evaluation and reformation.
  • Employees should communicate to colleagues the content of this statement of ethics and should strive to ensure that the standards of professional conduct contained therein are met. 

The Sonoma State University leadership team embraces the values expressed in this statement and advocates their observance.