HSC Integrity Framework: Applying Our Values Through Ethical Practices

The Integrity Framework is designed to reinforce a culture of integrity. The essential instrument in this program is communication with employees and students about the importance of our values and integrity as a motivator of ethical behavior. This coupled with actions that encourage handling mistakes constructively, having transparency in decisions and a willingness to look at errors and risks holistically, creates a culture of Integrity at HSC.

Integrity Framework Illustration

See the Integrity Framework come to life in panels illustrated by Katy Covey with, each panel portraying a component of the framework.

What is Integrity Framework?

Covey What Is The Integrity Framework No Logo Update The Integrity Framework outlines solutions and actions that help employees and students demonstrate high ethical behavior and accountability at all levels.


Determining and Defining Integrity

Covey Determinig And Defining Update Determining and defining integrity is having confidence in your leadership to make integrity-based decisions and ensuring that expectations are clear and consistent to you. Utilizing our foundational tools: mission, values, Code of Culture (or Conduct), policies, and procedures; guides your behavior and demonstrates your commitment to upholding an ethical culture. Understanding expectations helps to guide you towards integrity. This can be evidenced through education and training that help shape your behavior and attitude towards integrity; clear communication that reinforces your trust in the institution's integrity; people engagement and personnel processes that are fair; and absence of judgment when you seek advice and direction on decisions.


Guiding Towards Integrity

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Understanding expectations helps to guide you towards integrity. This can be evidenced through education and training that help shape your behavior and attitude towards integrity; clear communication that reinforces your trust in the institution's integrity; people engagement and personnel processes that are fair; and absence of judgment when you seek advice and direction on decisions. 


Monitoring Integrity

Covey Monitoring Integrity Update Monitoring is inclusive and needs everyone's participation for the integrity framework's success. When we actively assist leaders in finding and resolving integrity dilemmas, we consciously prevent adverse outcomes and consequences. By participating in risk assessments and reporting suspected wrongdoing, you help to identify areas of vulnerability in the institution's culture. Everyone has the right to report suspected misconduct; it is an essential aspect of the integrity framework and helps deter institutional integrity violations. All employees and students must be protected from retaliation when reporting concerns.


Enforcing Integrity

Covey Enforcing Integrity Update We all want to do what is right. But sometimes, adverse actions happen. Decisions that lead to violations are often complex and complicated and may involve many individuals regardless of their roles. Enforcing integrity means that if you are ever a reporter, respondent, or witness to violations you are assured that solid, consistent, and fair procedures are embedded for reliable and trustworthy investigations. Enforcing Integrity also means that failures create opportunities to learn. By utilizing Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and After-Action Review (AAR) tools we help to improve the investigation experience.


Improvement of the Integrity Framework

Covey Improving The Integrity Framework Update Consistent improvement of the integrity framework is crucial to manage risk and encourage ethical decision-making. We must first have the right governance structure and a values-driven strategy. Our internal audit partners add value by helping detect gaps and providing insight for educational opportunities. Your input in audits and program assessments helps to design the improvements to the integrity framework. Recognizing that our people make change. Being a champion for integrity also means participating in focus groups to help communicate, educate, and invite discussion that address challenges and propose improvements for better understanding.


Structuring Integrity

Covey Structuring Integrity Update Everyone has a role in the Integrity Framework. Not acting with integrity is never an option for anyone. The President is responsible for promoting ethical practices that set the tone for the institution- Our Values. The design and implementation of the integrity framework is to ensure that it is evident at all levels. Our leaders establish clear responsibilities to strengthen cooperation, but they cannot do this alone. Although everyone's primary purpose is not to directly administer the integrity framework, we all work towards a shared objective when we participate and collaborate in the integrity framework process to create positive and progressive change to our culture.


NetTalk Series

The Mission Possible: Integrity Protocol spotlights each aspect of the integrity framework, offering deeper insights into how each element contributes to fostering a culture of integrity.

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Integrity Framework Frequently Asked Questions

What was the influence for the Integrity Framework at HSC?

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in the 1998 Recommendation on Improving Ethical Conduct in the Public Service and the Principles for Managing Ethics in the Public, developed a comprehensive approach in identifying key elements for building a sound framework for promoting ethics in the public service.

Established in 1961 as the successor to the Organization for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC) The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a multilateral organization with 38-member countries (including the United States) that collaborate to develop and compare experiences, common challenges, identify good practices, and develop high standards for economic policy

Why do we need an integrity framework?

The Integrity framework serves as guidance to demonstrate integrity in daily interactions and operations. The use of the integrity framework positively influences the impact to HSC’s culture as well as staff and student experiences by creating a positive environment and establishing healthy working relationships. The framework helps influence positive behavior and assist in gaining a better understanding of the impact and experience of integrity. Having an integrity framework helps t HSC to set integrity expectations by integrating the values with foundational tools thus creating confidence in the organization that integrity is being appropriately practiced and managed with accountability.

What is my role in the integrity framework?

Although everyone’s primary purpose is not to administer the integrity framework, everyone regardless of role has an impact to the framework. The inclusion of all employees and students to participate, collaborate and cooperate is essential and a must for the integrity process to have effective and progressive change to the culture. Speaking and acting with integrity must always occur to become a standard expectation; not acting with integrity is never an option.

What happened to compliance?

HSC still and must have a compliance program. The integrity framework will help enhance the compliance function to support and guide the decisions and operations that are aligned with our values, laws, regulations and consideration of risk to the institution.

How do I know I am successful at applying the integrity framework?

There is no checklist or step by step guide to establish success of applying the integrity framework. Consistency and continuous improvement define success. However, there are some methodologies that can assist with benchmarking the maturity of the framework application.

Am I supposed to conduct my own investigations?

No, the Office of Institutional Integrity and Awareness as well as other departments such as Human Resources and Title IX conduct investigations on behalf of the employee and students of HSC. The Integrity Framework helps to establish fairness in the process and procedures of investigations including assessments through Root Cause Analysis and After-Action Review.

Who has oversight of the integrity framework and who do I contact for questions?

Everyone has responsibility for the integrity framework, however for questions and direction please contact the Office of Institutional Integrity and Awareness or compliance@unthsc.edu. We will do our best to provide you with any guidance and resources that can assist you.

Partner With Us

We’d like to introduce the Integrity Framework to your team and extend an invitation for you to contact us to arrange an information session. During this session, you will discover how to implement the Integrity Framework in the important work you carry out at HSC. To set up a session, complete this form, and a member of our team will reach out to schedule the information session.

Integrity Framework Listening Tour Intake Form

Thank you for your interest in scheduling an informational session on the Integrity Framework with your team. Please complete this form and our team will follow up to schedule a date for a informational session.

This page was last modified on November 7, 2023