The Code of Conduct: Employees' Obligations Respecting Conflicts of Interest (the "Code") along with university policies, procedures and collective agreements work together to define the university’s ethical standards and provide individuals with principles to guide their behaviour. As an employee of the University of Alberta, it is your responsibility to read, understand and comply with the Code.
View the Code of Conduct: Employees' Obligations Respecting Conflicts of Interest (PDF).
The Code comes into effect on July 1, 2019.
View the Code of Conduct Info Sheet and FAQ or visit Understanding the Code to learn more.
Avoiding and Managing Conflicts of Interest
In pursuit of academic freedom and excellence in teaching and research, the university and members of the university community frequently engage in activities or situations where actual or perceived conflicts will exist, or which raises the potential of actual or perceived conflicts. Rather than disallow all conflicts, the university assesses conflict considerations and, when appropriate, permits certain managed conflict. Conflict is permitted only if it can be managed in a way that:
- is compliant with legislation;
- considers, protects and serves the interest, integrity and reputation of the university; and,
- withstands the test of reasonable and independent scrutiny.
To maintain public trust and confidence, the university manages conflict in a fair, open, consistent, and practical manner. All members of the university share in the responsibility to appropriately address conflict.
Ethical Conduct and Impartiality