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Ethics Training period begins Tuesday

October 16, 2007

It is time again for all NIU employees to complete ethics training.

Under the terms of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, all full-time and part-time, regular and temporary faculty, staff, graduate assistants, extra help and student employees must complete on-line ethics training.

The training covers such topics as prohibitions against accepting gifts and bribes, conflict of interest, inappropriate use of university resources for personal matters, whistleblower protection and avoidance of political activities during the work day. Everyone who receives a paycheck from the university must complete this training.

Ethics training begins Tuesday, Oct. 16, and concludes by midnight Wednesday, Nov. 14. There are no extensions. Employees are notified by e-mail and campus mail. Training should be completed during normal work hours. Employees should check with their department on what arrangements are made for workstation access and scheduling of training times.

Employees can contact Human Resource Services at (815) 753-6000 for information or assistance. Technical questions can be answered by Information Technology Services at (815) 753-8100. The state Office of the Executive Inspector General notes that employees who do not comply with the annual training mandate can be subject to fines and disciplinary action.

For further information, contact:

  • NIU Ethics Training Administrator: Deborah Haliczer or Karen Smith, (815) 753-6039
  • NIU Ethics Officer: Kenneth Davidson (815) 753-8364
  • Human Resource Services: Steve Cunningham (815) 753-6021
  • ITS Help Desk: (815) 753-8100