Mandatory ethics training begins, deadline for completion is Nov. 12

Photo of the word “Ethics” on a road signIt is time again for all NIU employees to complete annual ethics training.

Everyone who receives a paycheck from the university must complete this 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.

Employees who do not comply with the annual training mandate can be subject to fines and disciplinary action, according to the state Office of the Executive Inspector General.

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. The training module includes review questions in the text.

Ethics training concludes at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.12. There are no extensions.

Seal of the State of IllinoisEmployees are notified by email 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.

Some recently hired employees might not have been included in the registration list. Employees who do not receive an email notice on Ethics Training should call the Ethics Training administrators Deborah Haliczer or Karen Smith at (815) 753-6039.

Call (815) 753-6039 for information or assistance. Technical or password questions can also be answered by the Division of Information Services Help Desk at (815) 753-8100, which is available 24 hours a day.

For further information, contact Information or questions on Ethics Training, call (815) 753-6039. For questions on the Ethics Act itself, email NIUEthicsOfficer@niu.edu or contact NIU Ethics Officer James Guagliardo at (815) 753-9517 or jguagliardo@niu.edu.

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