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Code of Conduct

Page updated 22 May 2023

UCD employees are required to conduct themselves ethically, honestly and with integrity in all dealings, consistent with University policies.

The purpose of this Employee Code of Conduct Policy is to collate the UCD policies and procedures governing employee conduct to ensure that all employees are familiar with and can adhere to UCD policies and procedures that are relevant to required standards of conduct.

Key Principles

The Employee Code of Conduct Policy is underpinned by the principle of academic freedom and recognises the concept and practice of academic freedom as essential to the proper conduct of teaching, research, and scholarship within the University. While academic freedom is a right, it carries with it the duty of academics to use the freedom in a manner consistent with a responsible and honest search for and dissemination of knowledge and truth. 

UCD Employees shall conduct themselves to the highest ethical standards in keeping with the University’s commitment to the principles of natural justice, due process and to the protection of civil and human rights.

This page contains a summary of a UCD policy but, in all cases, the Policy itself remains the definitive source of information. Further details of the principles underpinning the code can be found in the Policy, located in the Governance Library.

Related policies

Though other policies may apply as appropriate, the Code of Conduct Policy is underpinned by the following UCD policies which you can find in the Governance Library.

  • Anti- Fraud and Corruption Policy
  • Code of Responsible Conduct in Research
  • Conflict of Interest Policy 
  • Consultancy and External Work Policy
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Dignity and Respect Policy and Procedure
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Policy
  • Hospitality and Entertainment Policy 
  • Information Technology Services Acceptable Use Policy 
  • Intellectual Property Policy
  • Policy on Health and Safety Management

UCD Human Resources

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