SMU Code of Ethics
You will learn more about the SMU Code of Ethics throughout this orientation. Whatever our individual roles at SMU, we owe it to the public, to our common heritage and to one another to uphold certain basic values. These include:
- Pursuit of truth
- Integrity in work
- Respect for persons
- Responsible use of resources
Upholding the basic values we share includes knowing and following the applicable policies and incorporating the spirit of these values, as well as the requirements of law and policy, into all of our decisions and actions as members of the University community.
You will find a link to the Code of Ethics in the Helpful Links section.
Pursuit of truth
We seek knowledge and understanding through open, energetic inquiry and creative freedom. We support one another with hard questions and sincere encouragement. Because we seek truth, we encourage free expression of ideas, accept challenges to our assumptions and treat those whom we question as colleagues sharing a common purpose.
Integrity in work
In teaching and learning, research, administration and all aspects of university life, we strive for the highest standards of excellence. We represent what we have done honestly, and we acknowledge the ideas, effort and resources that others have contributed to our achievements.
Respect for persons
We honor the dedication of faculty, staff and students to their work at SMU. We evaluate them and their work fairly. We seek diversity, which enhances our search for truth and enriches our experiences in learning, work and life together. We extend hospitality to visitors, guests and participants in programs at SMU. We maintain confidentiality and respect the privacy of others. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination, harassment or intimidation, and we reject behavior that is degrading to ourselves or those around us.
Responsible use of resources
We direct funds and services to their intended purposes. We do not make personal use of University assets, nor do we permit misappropriation of those assets to go unchallenged. We use resources efficiently, conserving financial assets, physical resources and the built and natural environment for future generations.
We take personal responsibility for respecting these values. We keep accurate and complete reports of the work we have done and the funds we have handled. We disclose potential conflicts of interest and reject inappropriate influences on our choices. We endeavor to make decisions that meet public and professional standards of honesty, competence and fairness.