Ethics & Internal Controls

UC Davis is committed to conducting its business ethically and in compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations.  

UC Davis' Ethics and Compliance program is driven by the University of California Statement of Ethical Values and the University of California Standards of Ethical Conduct.

The university encourages students, faculty and staff to report any suspicion of employees engaged in unethical behavior such as the following:  

  • Illegal acts, such as corruption, bribery, theft or misuse of university property;
  • Fraud, coercion, willful omission to perform duty or economic waste;
  • Any condition that may significantly threaten the health or safety of employees or the public;
  • Gross misconduct, incompetence or inefficiency by university employees; or
  • Serious or substantial violations of university policy.

The University’s Whistleblower Protection Policy protects employees and applicants for employment from retaliation for reporting suspected improper governmental activities. Visit UC Davis' Ethics and Compliance Program website for more information.

Internal Controls

Internal Controls are processes, affected by UC and campus management and other personnel, designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the achievement of the university’s objectives in the following categories:

  • Effectiveness and efficiency of operations.
  • Reliability of financial reporting.
  • Compliance with applicable laws, regulations and internal policies and procedures

Internal Controls are everyone's responsibility. Annual Fiscal Close Certifications from management have been included in the fiscal closing processes to strengthen internal controls to assure a higher level of integrity in financial reporting. For more information on controls, visit the Internal Controls webpage.