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Legal and Ethical Issues

Legal Issues

Preventing Harassment & Discrimination - Issues, Consequences, and Reporting Procedures

From the Office of the Dean, Office of Vice Dean for Faculty and Office of Institutional Equity.

The School of Medicine, in cooperation with the university's Office of Institutional Equity, is providing Harassment Prevention Training for all faculty and staff.
The 2005 Committee on Faculty Development and Gender report revealed that 20 percent of the School of Medicine female faculty reported having experienced sexual harassment at Hopkins.
In response, Dean Edward Miller has set the expectation that all faculty will be brought up to date on the issues of sexual and other harassment, the consequences of engaging in this unwelcome and unlawful conduct, and reporting procedures.
It wasexpected that each department director to have scheduled a 60 minute departmental training program on Preventing Harassment & Discrimination for their faculty and staff. All departmental trainings should have completed no later than June 30, 2011.   

To schedule your department’s Harassment & Discrimination Training Program, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity’s Administrative Coordinator, Linda Daley-Atila at 410-516-8075 or at  If you have questions about the training itself, you may contact OIE’s Director for Equity Compliance & Education, Allison J. Boyle.  Ms. Boyle can be reached at 410-516-8075 or by email at
Please inform your faculty and staff of the dates, times, and locations for these general sessions if they are unable to attend your departmental event.

To view the Preventing Harassment Training/Code of Conduct Overview Video from 2011 click on

You may print out the Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Training Certificate and complete it to attest that you have taken one or more forms of training.

Sexual Harassment Training:Online Training

To complete the Online training go to: It is the responsibility of all faculty members to ensure that they complete at least one form of sexual harassment training.
You may print out the Sexual Harassment Training Certificate and complete it to attest that you have taken one or more forms of sexual harassment training since 2006.

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Ethical Issues

For All Johns Hopkins University Polices Go To:

JHU President's Office:
One of the hallmarks of a great university is the integrity with which its faculty and staff conduct their research, teaching, service, clinical care and other activities. In pursuing knowledge for the world and serving our communities, we set high ethical standards in order to earn and retain the trust of our constituents and the public we serve. I ask that you become familiar with several important policies, listed below, that guide our conduct and promote integrity and ethical standards in all that we do.

* Ethical standards:

The university's Statement of Ethical Standards, as revised and reissued annually, guides the professional conduct of all administrators, faculty and staff. The most recent version of that statement is online here:
The statement requires compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws as well as university policies. Please carefully review the statement; you are expected to observe diligently the standards it outlines.

* Disclosure of potentially conflicting interests:

All employees must disclose and obtain approval from a supervisor whenever an employee's relationship to an outside party might appear to influence the conduct of university business including, but not limited to, research. The relevant policy is available here:

* Acceptance of gifts:

Employees may not accept gifts and entertainment that might influence a decision or compromise judgment, or any benefits whose value exceeds $100 from an existing or potential vendor where the employee has authority or influence over university business decisions affecting the vendor. The relevant policy is available here:

*Interaction with the medical industry: 

More specific and comprehensive policies and restrictions apply with respect to interaction with companies that make products used in medical care. See the Johns Hopkins Medicine Policy on Interaction with Industry available here:

The Bloomberg School of Public Health’s policy on Interaction with Industry and Outside Interests can be found here:  

* Institutional conflicts of interest:

The financial interests of the university and of its institutional officials must not compromise the integrity of research or unduly influence decisions at Johns Hopkins. A university committee of faculty and administrators has drafted a policy on institutional conflicts of interest. Initially, we intend to apply the policy to human subjects research and certain other contracts that pose unique potential for institutional conflicts. The draft policy is available here:

* Financial aid:

Officers, trustees, directors, employees and agents of Johns Hopkins are prohibited from receiving anything of more than nominal value from a lending institution in connection with university business. This and other prohibitions are part of the university's Financial Aid Code of Conduct. The code is available here:

* Related conflict of interest policies:

Several university divisions and units have additional conflict of interest policies that apply to their activities (e.g., purchasing policies, IRB policies and divisional policies for research). Please check with your supervisor or with the appropriate office in your division or unit for details.

* Laws and policies relating to detecting and preventing fraud, waste and abuse in federal health care programs:
The university's policy is set forth at:   

Johns Hopkins was founded for the betterment of human life and is funded largely through philanthropy and public support. Everything we do rests on our reputation for integrity. We all, therefore, have a responsibility to conduct ourselves and the university's business in an ethical manner. In addition to complying with applicable laws and policies, it is important that you never hesitate to come forward if something does not seem right to you. If you have knowledge of, or suspect, unethical or illegal behavior, call the Johns Hopkins Compliance line at 1-877-932-6675 (1-877-WE-COMPLY).

I am confident that you will take your responsibilities in this area to heart and uphold the ethical principles long associated with Johns Hopkins.

Ronald J. Daniels
The Johns Hopkins University



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