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Employee Compliance and Ethics Guide

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Employee Compliance and Ethics Guide

The purpose of the Employee Compliance and Ethics Guide (“Guide”) is to emphasize the need for, and the responsibility of all employees of the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) to be aware of and to perform their duties and responsibilities in compliance with all applicable:


  • Federal and state laws
  • Local rules and regulations
  • Policies of the University of Houston System (UHS) Board of Regents 
  • Policies and procedures of UHD


Although this Guide addresses a number of specific laws, policies, rules and regulations, it is not intended to be a comprehensive list of legal and ethical standards. Rather, it provides UHD employees with information about the laws, policies, rules and regulations that have a direct impact on the University and its operations. It is also an educational tool and information directory to train UHD employees regarding the conduct required of them in the workplace.


Throughout the Guide, applicable UHS and UHD policies are referenced to provide employees with more detailed information. Generally, if you have further questions please see your supervisor. Faculty may discuss issues with their Department Chair and/or Dean. The Institutional Compliance Officer and Compliance Committee members are also available to answer questions.


Environmental Health and Safety 

  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Protection of the Environment



  • Ethics Policy
  • The University of Houston System Ethics Policy

Contracts and Agreements 

Contacts with the News Media 

  • When a Reporter Calls
  • When You See a News Reporter or Photographer on Campus
  • News Release Distribution
  • When a Reporter Calls About You Area of Expertise
  • Before an Interview
  • General Tips for Media Interviews

Use of UHD and State of Texas Resources 

  • Use of State Owned Property
  • Computer Software
  • Information Security and Confidentiality
  • Computer System Access and Passwords
  • Purchasing

Contacts with Government Agencies and Outside Investigators 

  •  Subpoenas

Copyright and Intellectual Property 

  • Use of Copyright Material
  • Intellectual Property


Information and Records​ 

  • Information
  • Accuracy of Records
  • Retention and Disposal of Records

Political Activity and Contributions 

  • Political Activities
  • Political Contributions

Workplace Conduct ​and Employment Requirements 

Gifts, Gratuities, Estates and Honoraria 

  • ​Gifts to UHD
  • Gifts Made to Influence Decisions
  • Gifts from Persons Doing Business with UHD and/or UHD System
  • Honoraria


​The information contained in this guide and related links, is not a substitute for professional legal counsel. Any discrepancy between information in this guide and University of Houston System and University of Houston-Downtown policies is not intended to alter or amend official University of Houston System and University of Houston-Downtown policies.  Inclusion of any link or reference to any entity, public or private, is not intended to be a warranty or endorsement of the completeness or quality of information contained therein, or of any sponsor of such information.

Last updated 2/1/2021 8:10 AM