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Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct

These guidelines apply to the faculty, staff, and students in the IBIO department. If you feel these guidelines are not being followed, please consider discussing with your supervisor, the Graduate Director, the Faculty Advisory Committee, or the IBIO chairperson. Violations of these guidelines will be discussed as part of annual reviews and may be grounds for initiation of disciplinary action, termination of employment or forfeiture of stipends, fellowships, scholarships and awards.

Number 1


We are committed to well-documented, replicable research and humane treatment of all research animals.

Number 2


We all depend on each other to produce the best work we can as a department. Politeness, kindness, attention to deadlines and professionalism in communication help others produce their best work.

Number 3


We work together to create an environment free from discrimination and harassment, where people feel comfortable and are not threatened, leading to a productive and creative environment.


Number 4


We welcome and support people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to, people of any sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, social and economic class, educational level, color, immigration status, sex, age, size, family status, political belief, veteran status, religion, and mental and physical ability.

Number 5


We will provide a safe, supportive work environment. All MSU employees, including faculty, staff, and students, are mandatory reporters, which means that if any of us hear about or observe Sexual Harassment or Violence (SHV) we are required to report to the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE).

Number 6


We value personal responsibility: know your responsibilities as a faculty member, staff member, or student, and know where you can turn (or refer others) to get help. A list of resources is below.

Emergency Contacts

If you observe any criminal activity: