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Appendix O: Statement of Integrity and Code of Conduct

Purdue Alumni Association supports the following Purdue University Statement:

At Purdue, integrity is indispensable to our mission. We act with honesty and adhere to the highest standards of moral and ethical values and principles through our personal and professional behavior. We demonstrate our understanding of these values and principles and uphold them in every action and decision. Trust and trustworthiness go hand in hand with how we conduct ourselves, as we sustain a culture that is based upon ethical conduct. We expect our actions to be consistent with our words, and our words to be consistent with our intentions. We accept our responsibilities, share leadership in a democratic spirit, and subject ourselves to the highest standards of public trust. We hold ourselves accountable for our words and our actions.

We champion freedom of expression. To ensure our integrity, we safeguard academic freedom, open inquiry, and debate in the best interests of education, enrichment, and our personal and professional development. We embrace human and intellectual diversity and inclusiveness. We uphold the highest standards of fairness, act as responsible citizens, respect equality and the rights of others, and treat all individuals with dignity.

To fulfill our goals as a learning community, we insist that the objectives of student learning are not compromised. We treat all students equitably, and our evaluations of learning achievements are impartial based on demonstrated academic performance. As students, we understand that learning is the most important goal and we embrace ethical values and principles, and reject academic dishonesty in all our learning endeavors. In the realm of new discoveries, we place the highest value upon truth and accuracy. We acknowledge the contributions of others. We place a higher value on expanding and sharing knowledge than on recognition or ownership.

We work diligently drawing from the strong work ethic of our state of Indiana and are committed to always acting in the best interests of the University. We pledge to make wise use of our resources and to be good stewards of financial, capital, and human resources. We operate within the letter and spirit of the law and prescribed policies, and strive to avoid impropriety or conflict of interest.

As members of the Purdue community, we demonstrate unyielding and uncompromised integrity in support of the highest standards of excellence for the University. As individuals, we all contribute to this Purdue standard of integrity as an exemplary model for all universities.

Volunteer Conduct and Expectations

Volunteers are also part of the Purdue community. Participation in alumni clubs, networks, service projects or any other alumni event requires individuals to act with integrity and respect for others. All alumni share a responsibility for Purdue’s public relations, especially at the community level. Readiness to help with charitable, educational, and civic activities brings credit to Purdue and is encouraged.

As a volunteer (or club/network participant), I agree to support the mission of the Purdue Alumni Association and to contribute to a collegial, positive and inclusive environment that does not discriminate on any basis.

Communications:

All correspondence is a reflection of the Purdue Alumni Association. Volunteers serving in leadership capacity with any Purdue Alumni Association club/network must make every effort to respond promptly and courteously to all proper requests for information and to all complaints.

All communications, written or otherwise with fellow Purdue alumni, volunteers, or participants in any club/network activity shall be conducted a respectful manor. Inappropriate communication by email or in any public forum about Purdue Alumni Association, its volunteers, staff, stakeholders or any fellow alumni will not be tolerated.

Privacy and Confidentiality:

When handling financial and personal information about alumni, participants in alumni activities, or others with whom the Purdue Alumni Association has dealings, observe the following principles:

Collect, use, and retain only the personal information necessary for the alumni club/network business. Retain information only for as long as necessary or as required by law. Protect the physical security of this information. Use only personal information for the purposes for which it was originally obtained. Under no circumstances share or sell information obtained through a club/network or volunteer activity. Violations of Code of Conduct: Elected officers of any club/network will resolve issues in a professional and respectful manner. Volunteers or participants in club/network activities may be asked to leave an event or other public forum if their conduct is outside the expectations outlined in this document, and may be precluded from participation in the future.

Violations of Code of Conduct:

Elected officers of any club/network will resolve issues in a professional and respectful manner. Volunteers or participants in club/network activities may be asked to leave an event or other public forum if their conduct is outside the expectations outlined in this document, and may be precluded from participation in the future.