Corporate Ethics and Values Policies and Procedures

Our current ethics-related policies and procedures are accessible from this web page for your reference. 

> Vision, Mission, Values
Information on The Research Foundations Vision, Mission, and Values.
> Officer and Senior Executive Accountability Policy

RF Officers have the authority, and are accountable, to expend certain RF funds and complete other transactions to accomplish their assigned responsibilities. The Officer Accountability Policy provides the overall framework for the required reviews and/or approvals that must be obtained for transactions for an RF Officer.

> Code of Conduct

The RF’s Code of Conduct provides a standard of conduct for all RF employees and everyone who does business with the RF.  It is the playbook for compliance with laws and ethical practices designed to help employees make ethical decisions over and above what the law may require.  

Use this form to acknowledge that you have received and reviewed The Research Foundation of State University of New York’s Code of Conduct. 

> Conflict of Interest Policy
Outlines the RF's approach to identifying and evaluating potential conflicts of interest for all employees and specifies a process for managing potential conflicts.
> Policy on Conflicts of Interest in Public Health Service Sponsored Programs

As institutions that receive U.S. Public Health Services (“PHS”) funding, SUNY and the Research Foundation and their faculty, research staff and administrators are committed to meeting the highest ethical standards and to preserving the public trust by promoting objectivity in their teaching, research and public service missions. This policy addresses the requirements under the revised regulation on Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors, published in Federal Register, vol. 76, No. 165, on August 25, 2011. 

> Management of Conflicts of Interest Procedure
Outlines process for investigating complaints and inquiries, including time frames for review and investigation, document retention guidelines, and interim protective measures.
> Guidelines for PHS and NSF Conflict of Interest Policies

Provides guidance for complying with NSF and PHS policies.


On June 30, 2012, the following policy and procedure were instituted in furtherance of our commitment to conduct our business and serve SUNY with integrity and in the interest of the public trust.

> Fraud and Whistleblower Policy
This policy replaces the RF’s Fraud Policy and was adopted to encourage individuals to raise good faith concerns regarding suspected fraud or misconduct, to prohibit retaliation, to facilitate the development of controls, and to promote behavior consistent with the Code of Conduct.
> Procedure for Investigating Fraud and Misconduct

This procedure outlines the process for reviewing and investigating credible good faith allegations of fraud or misconduct involving an RF employee or other person or entity doing business on behalf of the RF.