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Code of Ethics

About this Policy

Code of Ethics

Policy Number: 21201

Effective Date:
Dec 12, 2017

Last Updated:

Responsible Office:
UM System Finance Office

Responsible Administrator:
UM System Chief Financial Officer

Policy Contact:

UM System Finance Office
Campus Accounting Office
Campus Budget Office


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This policy applies to all individuals who process, approve, or review fiscal transactions or performance across the University of Missouri.

Reason for Policy

The code seeks to promote ethical decision making and encourage positive fiscal stewardship.

Policy Statement

University staff with fiscal responsibility shall:

  1. Perform their duties in accordance with the appropriate recognized ethical and legal standards;
  2. Practice honesty and integrity in all aspects of their work;
  3. Exhibit professionalism in the workplace, and conduct themselves in a way that will continue to promote the public's confidence in the integrity of the university;
  4. Be fair-minded, non-discriminatory, and treat all individuals, both internal and external to the university community equitably, with civility, respect and dignity;
  5. Fulfill their assigned responsibilities, and be proactive in developing the skills necessary to provide high job performance;
  6. Exercise fiduciary responsibility with respect to safeguarding the university’s assets;
  7. Exercise custodial responsibility with respect to the use of university property and resources;
  8. Exercise, within the requirements of the Missouri Public Records law, confidentiality with respect to information, records, and data management, respecting the rights and privacy of individuals;
  9. Take action to mitigate any real or perceived conflicts of interest; and
  10. Comply with Federal and State laws and regulations and university policies and procedures. 


For any procurement transactions, the University of Missouri follows the NAEP code of ethics:




Each individual with a fiscal role is accountable for following the code of ethics.

Additional Details


Related Information


Formerly Accounting Policy Manual 2.15 – Code of Ethics (8/12/2013)


Reviewed 2017-12-06