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University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Faculty and Staff Matters
Academic Integrity Any form of unethical behavior that violates the integrity of the academic process, such as bestowing or seeking academic favors or advancements on the basis of friendship or gifts, concealing conflicts of interest, or deliberate failure to meet professional obligations.
ADA Matters Any violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Examples include instances wherein a qualified individual with a documented disability is denied reasonable accommodations; excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of access to University facilities, services, programs, or activities; or subjected to discrimination.
Alcohol / Drug Abuse The misuse of both legal and illegal drugs including alcohol. (Examples include: cocaine, narcotics, marijuana, stimulants)
Conflict of Interest A situation in which a person or an immediate family member has a financial interest or non-financial interest or relationships that may compromise, have the potential to compromise, or have the appearance to compromise the behavior or the conduct of the person's duties at the University, including the person's influence on decisions that the University may make.  Such decisions can include purchasing, contracts, donations or any aspect of their University duties. A conflict of interest may be actual, potential or in appearance.
Credentials Misrepresentation Theft or forgery of titles, diplomas, transcripts, grades or other official documents represented by an individual as his or her own.
Criminal Conviction Where an employee has been convicted of a crime and has not notified their supervisor pursuant to University policy.
Discriminatory Behavior/Harassment Conduct directed at a particular person(s) based upon age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or other protected class that creates a hostile environment, excludes participation, or denies benefits; may include verbal or written threats, coercion that by design, intent, or recklessness incites reasonable fear of physical harm or interference of activities. (Examples include: bias in hiring, assignments, promotions, and educational decisions, wrongful termination, unfair compensation, inappropriate language).
Employee Benefits or Workers' Compensation Abuse Improper, misleading or deceptive actions /statements, falsification of records, or misrepresentation of actual conditions related to institution benefits plans, including health and supplemental insurance plans, tuition benefits and sick or other paid time-off programs.
Employee Misconduct Involves any employee conduct that is in violation of the institution's code of conduct, ethics policy, faculty handbook or any other printed materials that constitute employee conduct. Time abuse such as an employee or manager who is falsifying their work hours or not recording leave taken.
Faculty and Staff Travel Reimbursement of expenses that did not occur or that have been misstated to a larger amount; reimbursement of expenses that are not allowed under State or University policy. (Examples include: representing a personal trip as work-related and claiming reimbursement for costs of the trip, claiming reimbursement for costs of personal days added to a work-related trip, altering a receipt to a higher amount, etc.)
Hate Crime or Bias Incidents See Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation (Uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct directed at an employee because of their sex, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected status. Examples include: bias in hiring, assignments, promotions, and educational decisions, wrongful termination, unfair compensation, inappropriate language. Use of retaliation or retribution).
Improper Relationships Familial relationships, romantic and/or sexual relationships between individuals in a supervisory, teaching, evaluation, advising, coaching or counseling relationship. The failure of faculty, staff and students in the position to influence academic or employment decisions about others with whom they are in a familial, romantic and/or sexual relationship to recuse themselves from such decisions.
Inappropriate use of University Resources Use of University resources or services for non-official purposes. Viewing Inappropriate Materials on University Equipment or Time.
Nepotism Hiring a family member or other closely-affiliated person. Occupying a position of influence over promotion, transfer, salary administration or other related management decisions involving a family member or other closely-affiliated person.
Offensive or Inappropriate Communication/Hostile Work Environment Uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct that creates a hostile or unsafe work environment. Also see Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation.
Plagiarism Authorized or unauthorized usage of products owned or created by another individual. Publication or presentation of plagiarized works.
Retaliation Conduct that subjects an employee to punishment or other forms of reprisal for participating in an investigation of impermissible workplace conduct, for opposing such conduct, or for supporting another individual’s good faith complaint.
Sexual Harassment Uninvited and offensive sexual advances or sexually offensive remarks which unreasonably interfere with employee’s work environment. Examples include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature that is made a condition of continued employment or academic standing or has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
Threat or Inappropriate Supervisor Directive Improper use of supervisory authority in response to employee taking action or refusing to take action. Inappropriate management practices.
Time Card or Payroll Fraud Falsifying hours worked or not recording leave taken. Improper and/or excessive use of work time for personal business, interest, advantage, or gain.
Workers Compensation or Disability Benefits Abuses Observation of physical activity of employees receiving disability or other compensation benefits from the institution in contradiction to the degree of the disability certified by medical personnel.
Workplace Violence or Threat A violation of the Violence in the Workplace Policy, such as an expression of the intention to inflict evil, injury, or damage to a person or their property. (Examples include: direct, veiled, conditional, violent)
Other Human Resource Matters Other matters of concern not specifically outlined above.