University of Vermont

Office of the President

President's Ethics Statement

Policies of Interest

November 2013

A commitment to the highest standards of ethical conduct is integral to the history and culture of the University of Vermont. Indeed, the Latin motto on our University seal, “Studiis et Rebus Honestis” (Integrity in Theoretical and Practical Pursuits), traces to our earliest years and, to this day, succinctly captures the spirit of honesty and integrity at the foundation of our endeavors.

This same commitment inspired “Our Common Ground,” a UVM document that broadly affirms values such as openness, respect, and justice and their essential place in the fabric of our community. Upholding the core principles of “Our Common Ground” requires the commitment of the University as a whole and all of us as individuals.

At a more sharply focused level, an array of University policies provide standards and guideposts designed to aid us in our work, our decisions and actions. These policies hold us to the ideals we aspire to, and expect of one another. As this page is a gateway to these policies, I invite the members of the University community to explore and familiarize yourselves with them, and return to the policies for guidance as particular questions or situations arise. When more assistance or explanation is needed, please do not hesitate to turn to the UVM Compliance program for help.

My thanks to everyone in the University of Vermont community for bringing the commitment to, knowledge of, and practice in ethical behavior that, taken together, maintains and strengthens the integrity of our institution and our relationships among each other.

Tom Sullivan

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