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Authority Compliance and Ethics


The University is like a complex city operating within a larger government structure.  Where does our authority come from as a University or as an individual employee? In addition, as a complex organization there are also many levels of compliance and ethical scenarios.  This section of the manager’s toolkit will present a clear process employees at any level can apply to help them work through difficult ethical decisions.  It introduces a decision-making process and offers guidelines for implementing ethics in the workplace.

The topics in this section of the toolkit will provide you with the resources to help you successfully manage your staff.  For assistance with any of these issues or any employee relations issue, contact a Human Resource Service Employee Relations Specialist at 426-1616.


Managers and supervisors have the responsibility, or authority, to permit another person to successfully carry out his or her job duties.  A delegated individual is expected to act within reason and is responsible to perform within the limits provided.

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The University abides by Federal laws and regulations, established guidelines, and specifications that ensure the University to maintain accreditation, institutional reputation and success.

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As managers it is our responsibility to uphold ethical standards and model those behaviors for our employees. Ethics are principles of conduct governing an individual or group. Ethics are principles of behavior regarded as desirable by the majority of the population. It is the study of what constitutes right and wrong behavior and how people ought to act. Ethics focus on morality and the application of moral principles. Ethical decisions are the application of moral and ethical principles. Understanding and implementing ethical behavior in the workplace will help Boise State promote and achieve our mission and core values.

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