Aggie Honor Code
As members of the Aggie Community - whether as students, faculty or staff - we aspire to excellence in all that we do. One of the simplest and most straightforward ways to attain excellence is to judge our actions against the Aggie Code of Honor: An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do. With this as our standard, we pursue excellence in Texas and around the world.
What is the Aggie Code of Honor?
“An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do.”
The Aggie Code of Honor affirms values that apply to students, faculty and staff alike. This simple statement exemplifies two of our core values—excellence and integrity—and underscores our commitment to ethical conduct and compliance with laws and official policies. These core values forge a strong base to embrace our other core values of leadership, loyalty, respect and selfless service.
How does Texas A&M strengthen compliance?
University-wide efforts encourage ethical conduct and compliance with legal obligations through heightened awareness, enhanced monitoring, and effective response to compliance risks. The key message is that individuals are responsible for ethical conduct and compliance in conducting daily activities.
How can I learn more about ethics and ethical conduct?
All new employees must receive ethics training within 30 days of hire, and all current employees must retake the ethics training every two years in accordance with System Regulation 33.05.02 Required Employee Training. A Student Conduct Code is included in the Student Rules.
Where can I find policies (not all inclusive) related to . . .
. . . ethics and ethical conduct?
. . . waste, fraud, abuse and corruption?
System Policy 21.04 Control of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
. . . academic and research programs?
University Rule 12.01.99.M2 University Statement on Academic Freedom,
Responsibility, Tenure, and Promotion
System Regulation 15.01.03 Financial Conflict of Interest in Research
University Rule 15.01.03.M1 Rules on Conflicts of Interest in the Design, Conduct, and Reporting of Sponsored Research
University Rule 15.99.03.M1 Responsible Conduct in Research and Scholarship
. . . compensation and employment issues?
System Policy 31.05 External Employment and Expert Witness
System Regulation 31.05.01 Faculty Consulting, External Employment and Conflicts of Interest
System Regulation 31.05.02 External Employment
System Policy 33.03 Nepotism
System Regulation 33.99.07 Internal Faculty Consulting and Professional Services
System Regulation 33.99.14 Criminal History Record Information-Employees and Applicants
University Rule 08.01.01.M1 Civil Rights Compliance
. . . the use of property and services associated with Texas A&M and the A&M System?
System Policy 33.04 Use of System Resources
System Regulation 33.04.01 Use of System Resources for External Employment
University Rule 29.01.99.M3 Incidental Computer Use
University SAP 25.99.08.M0.02 Non-business Use of Telephones and Fax Machines
What should I do to report wrongdoing?
Go to the EthicsPoint website, where you can submit a written report or find the appropriate toll-free telephone number. (EthicsPoint is hosted on its own secure servers, which are not part of the Texas A&M website or intranet.)
You may also report wrongdoing to the Texas State Auditor’s Office:
- By phone: (800) 892-8348
- On the Web:http://sao.fraud.state.tx.us
I have a question about ethics. What should I do?
Contact the most appropriate administrator from among the following:
Academic Integrity Issues (Graduate and Undergraduate)
Mr. Timothy C. Powers
Director, Aggie Honor System
General Student Issues
Dr. David W. Parrott
Executive Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Graduate Student Issues
Dr. Susan Bloomfield
Assistant Provost for Graduate Studies
Dr. Michael J. Benedik
Interim Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost
Ms. Deena J. McConnell, J.D.
Associate Vice President for Administration & Academic Affairs