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Code of Conduct

Compilation of Applicable Laws, University Regulations and University Policies

Florida International University demonstrates its commitment to compliance with laws and the ethical conduct of its academic, athletic, community, and research endeavors through the acts of its dedicated faculty and staff. The following chart is not a comprehensive recitation of all applicable laws, University regulations, and University policies; instead, it sets forth some of the most basic expectations that reflect the University’s commitment.

Code of Conduct for Public Officers and Employees, State of Florida, Part III, Chapter 112, Florida Statutes

It is essential to the proper conduct and operation of government that public officials be independent and impartial and that public office not be used for personal benefit or gain.

Conflict of Interest / Outside Activity Electronic Reporting System

Conflicts of interests, including those arising from University or outside activities, are prohibited. In order to comply with applicable federal and state laws, the University has policies and procedures in place, and now an Electronic Reporting System that allows faculty and staff to disclose outside activities that may constitute an actual or potential conflict of interest between their personal interests and their public duties on behalf of FIU. The FIU Conflict of Interest web page can provide more information and resources related to Outside Activity/Conflict of Interest (OA/COI).

For the Conflict of Interest/Outside Activity Electronic Reporting System, click below:

For the Conflict of Interest policies, see individual policy links below.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Conflicts of interests, including those arising from University or outside activities are prohibited. Employees are responsible for resolving such conflicts of interest, working in conjunction with their supervisors and other University officials.

To report your activity, you can access the Employee Portal. In order to access the online OA/COI Form, you will need to provide your Panther ID and the last four digits of your Social Security number.


Conflict of Interest in Research Policy
Any University employee with a potential or actual conflict of interest in relation to a research project or a sub-award or consulting agreement on a sponsored project must report such potential or actual conflict of interest to the University for review.

Drug-free Workplace Regulation
To provide regulatory guidance for a drug-free workplace that applies to all employees, including full-time, part-time, temporary faculty, staff and student employees, and to provide opportunities and information for rehabilitation and assistance for employees with drug related work problems, in accordance with federal requirements. Also, to provide for compliance with federal law requiring a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol.

Fraud Prevention and Mitigation Policy

Florida International University shall protect the environment by a demonstrated commitment to environmental protection and stewardship that will be reflected in its teaching, research operations and community related activities.

Humanitarian Assistance Code of Conduct

All employees of Florida International University who are humanitarian workers are subject to this Code of Conduct, which protects beneficiaries of humanitarian relief operations from sexual exploitation and abuse.

Information Technology

In order to fulfill the mission of teaching, research and public service, the University is committed to providing a secure computing and networking environment that assures the integrity, availability, and confidentiality of information and information resources.

Nepotism Policy

Relationship to another individual employed by the University shall not constitute a bar to hiring, promotion or reappointment, provided that no employee shall be under the direct or indirect supervision or control of a related individual.

Nepotism in Research Policy

All University nepotism approvals must be in place prior to any related persons beginning work on a sponsored project.

Sexual Misconduct (Title IX)

Florida International University (the University) is committed to encouraging and sustaining a learning and living environment that is free from harassment, violence, and prohibited discrimination based on sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Partner Violence and/or Stalking. In that regard and consistent with federal law addressing these areas (e.g., Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence against Women Act (VAWA), that portion of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act addressing sexual misconduct), the University has developed this regulation applicable to members of the University Community (i.e., students, faculty, staff, affiliated third
parties, and visitors).

Nondiscrimination, Harassment and Retaliation (Title VII)

Florida International University (the University) affirms its commitment to ensure that each member of the University community shall be permitted to work or study in an environment free from any form of illegal discrimination, including race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, national origin, marital status, and veteran status. The University recognizes its obligation to work towards a community in which diversity is valued and opportunity is equalized. This Regulation establishes procedures for an applicant or a member of the University community (faculty, staff, affiliated third parties, and/or student) to file a complaint of alleged discrimination or harassment. It shall be a violation of this Regulation for any member of the University community to discriminate against or harass any member of the University community or applicant. Discrimination and harassment are forms of conduct that shall result in disciplinary or other action as provided by the Regulations/policies of the University.

Prohibited Use of Federal / State Funds for Lobbying
The recipient of a federal contract, grant, loan or cooperative agreement may not use these federal funds for lobbying activities related to the award of any federal contract, grant, loan, or cooperative agreement. Similarly, under Florida law, the University may not use public funds to retain a lobbyist EXCEPT if the individual is a full-time employee and he/she is registered as a lobbyist. In addition, to the extent the University engages in lobbying efforts and interacts with members of Congress, congressional staff, and executive branch officials, FIU must comply with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 (LDA) and the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (HLOGA). Specifically, these federal laws require FIU to report “all lobbying contacts” made on behalf of FIU with “covered federal officials” and to disclose certain expenditures relating thereto.

Student Loan Practices Code of Conduct

The Board of Governors of the State University System recognizes that ensuring the integrity of the student financial aid process is critical to providing fair and affordable access to higher education in Florida. Therefore, the Board has formalized guiding principles that are designed to avoid any potential for a conflict of interest between the University, its students, or their parents in the student financial aid process.

Whistleblower Protection

It is the intent of the Legislature to prevent agencies or independent contractors from taking retaliatory action against (1) an employee who reports to an appropriate agency violations of law on the part of a public employer or independent contractor that create a substantial and specific danger to the public’s health, safety, or welfare or (2) any person who discloses information to an appropriate agency alleging improper use of governmental office, gross waste of funds, or any other abuse or gross neglect of duty on the part of an agency, public officer, or employee.