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Code of Ethics

At William & Mary, we require that all members of the university community -- our board members, employees, students, and volunteers -- comply with all laws, regulations, and institutional policies and perform our duties with the highest ethical standards.

The University's Code of Ethics was adopted by the Board of Visitors of William & Mary on November 22, 2019.

Code of Ethics

We, as members of the William & Mary community, will:

  1. Obey the laws, regulations, and policies applicable to our university activities.
  2. Protect and preserve university resources and ensure their proper use.
  3. Avoid both conflicts of interest and the appearance of such conflicts.
  4. Safeguard confidential information.
  5. Make procurement decisions impartially and objectively.
  6. Maintain effective internal controls to safeguard the regularity and integrity of our activities.
  7. Treat other people with dignity and respect, and respect and strive to eliminate all discrimination or harassment at William & Mary.
  8. Report any illegal or unethical action that comes to our attention, so the university can investigate and take corrective steps.

University policies developed under the provisions of the university’s Code of Ethics specify conduct expectations. Policy violations may be reported to the Office of Compliance & Equity at [[reportconcern]].