Integrity is about people doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances.
It means upholding the values of the University, including: The academic work of learning and teaching; the research of students, faculty, researchers and coordinators; behaving in an ethical manner; performing all duties with professionalism, accountability, competence, trust, responsibility and honesty; focusing on solutions rather than fault and blame; and acting with initiative.
When members of the University community operate with integrity, it generates trust, enhances communication, improves the University's culture, and supports the University's strategic directions.
Confidentiality and Privacy
The University is the custodian of many types of information, including information which is confidential, proprietary and private. Individuals who have access to such information are expected to be familiar and comply with applicable laws, University policies, directives and agreements pertaining to access, use, protection and disclosure of such information. Computer security and privacy are also subject to University bylaws and policies.
The public's right to information access and the individual's right to privacy are both governed by federal law as well as by the University bylaws, policies and procedures. Legal provisions and the policies are based upon the principle that access to information concerning the conduct of personal business is a fundamental and a necessary right of every person, as is the right of individuals to privacy.
Conflict of Interest
The University of Sharjah recognizes and encourages employee involvement in private enterprise. However, certain business or personal arrangements or employment opportunities may constitute a breach of ethical standards, resulting in a conflict of interest between the University and the employee.
A conflict of interest may take various forms. It begins when an employee is or may be in a position to influence the University's business, research, or make decisions in ways that could lead to any form of personal gain for the staff member or others closely associated with that University employee.
It is the responsibility of an employee to disclose to his or her supervisor, department head, or appropriate University official any possible conflict of interest at the earliest practicable time. Employees engaged in activities that constitute, or appear to constitute, a violation will be subject to a review and evaluation of these activities by the University administration. Failure to disclose conflicts of interest is a serious matter.
The basic standard for dealing with conflicts of interest is simple: If you believe a conflict of interest exists, then treat the situation as if a conflict definitely exists until you have disclosed to and resolved the potential conflict with your supervisor, director, or the Department of Human Resources.
The University of Sharjah is an institution dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and facilitating of an environment that fosters this goal. Central to this institutional commitment is the principle of treating each community member fairly and with respect. To encourage such behavior, the University prohibits discrimination and harassment and provides equal opportunities to all community members, with preference in hiring extended to Emirati citizens. Where actions are found to violate this standard, the University will take prompt action to cease the offending conduct, prevent its recurrence and discipline those responsible.
Third Party Relationship
Third party business dealings, whether with students, suppliers of products and services or contractors must be based on lawful, ethical, efficient and fair practices. We must fully refrain from offering or accepting anything of value to obtain an improper advantage in accepting products or services and conducting business transactions. In our supplier and contractors relationships, we do business only with those suppliers and contractors that comply with the University bylaws and other related laws. The integrity of our third party dealings is fundamental to building and preserving the reputation of University and its diversified community. Conversely, unethical third party dealings can seriously damage our reputation.
Things to consider when reviewing this policy include any background information that indicates the possibility of improper business practices or relationships that could improperly influence decision-making, including: