October 17, 2011

Ethics training program is Oct. 18-Nov. 9

All University employees will receive a letter from Chancellor Rita Cheng reminding them of their obligation to comply with the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.

State law mandates the annual ethics training program, which is a condition of employment at SIU Carbondale. Employees should complete the training during regular work hours or as directed by your supervisor. This year's training program content is updated and is designed to familiarize employees with the laws and rules that apply to functions each employee performs on behalf of the University and the state.

The University has established an internal completion deadline of Nov. 9 for all employees.  The final week of the training period is being reserved to assist those employees at risk of being non-compliant or those employees requiring some special assistance.

The law requires all permanent state employees, including faculty, student employees and graduate assistants as well as members of boards and commissions, to complete annual ethics training using an Internet-based program provided by the Office of Executive Inspector General. Temporary and extra-help workers should complete an off-line (paper version) ethics training document to meet the requirement.

The online training program takes about 30 minutes to one hour to complete. It consists of a series of ethics-related lessons.

Please note -- the time you spend completing this program may be monitored. Failure to carefully read and review all of the program's subject matter may invalidate your completion certificate and require you to complete additional ethics training.

Employees who do not have access to a computer or who need other assistance in completing the training, contact your supervisor or the Ethics Training Administrator, Brent D. Patton, at 453-6691.

Employees who experience technical problems and need assistance are responsible for contacting the SIU Carbondale Helpdesk at 453-5155 to resolve the matter to complete training on a timely basis.  For more information, go to the SIU Carbondale Ethics Office website at www.ethics.siu.edu for additional information and access to the website.