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ECU places a high value on integrity and has a vision for ECU students, graduates and staff to be highly regarded as ethical contributors to society. ECU has a commitment to creating an environment that promotes ethical conduct by embracing standards of quality, reliability and lawfulness.

The value ECU places on Integrity is demonstrated by a number of practices, procedures and policies the University has in place to foster and support ethical conduct and to deal with allegations of unethical behavior.

ECU Code of Conduct

The ECU Code of Conduct outlines the University's standards for behaviour that we expect from all University staff and is based on integrity, honesty, conscientiousness, compassion, courtesy, fairness and respect.

The Consultancy and Secondary Employment Policy outlines the framework within which ECU employees are to undertake consulting work in the name of the University or, in a personal capacity, engage in secondary employment.

The Fraud & Misconduct Prevention & Management Policy and the accompanying Guidelines document establishes the strategies, controls and processes for the prevention, detection and management of misconduct, fraudulent and corrupt behaviour, and for fair dealing in specific matters pertaining to these behaviours.

The Acceptance of Gifts by ECU Staff Policy outlines the responsibilities ECU staff have when offered gifts and details ECU's requirement to record gifts accepted on behalf of the University.

The Conflicts of Interest Policy provides a framework for the disclosure and subsequent management of conflicts of interest and outlines the principles, roles, responsibilities and procedures that govern the University’s process.

The University recognises the value and importance of contributions from staff in preventing and detecting improper conduct. The Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (PID Act) encourages individuals to make disclosures of public interest information by providing protection to those who make disclosures, and those who are the subject of disclosures. The University has drafted PID Procedures and appointed PID Officers to facilitate the objectives of the PID Act.

The FRA identifies the inherent integrity risks to which the University is vulnerable. The identified integrity risks are sorted in order of those integrity risks that ECU is most vulnerable to, to those that ECU is the least vulnerable to, by risk category. This information is also replicated for specific academic and professional areas.

The University Credit Card policy defines the situations when a University Credit Card may be used and the accountability of the University Credit Card Holder.

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (released by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia) outlines the requirements of Australian research funding organisations in relation to the responsible conduct of research. ECU has accepted the requirements of the Code and also abides by other relevant Federal and State Government requirements governing integrity and ethical practice in research. Members of the University undertaking research are required to be aware of the provisions of the Code, relevant University policies and guidelines governing responsible practice in research.

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