Ethical Standards


Statement of Ethical Core Values

We Are The NAPCA Foundation

Members of the NAPCA Foundation community are committed to the highest ethical
standards in furtherance of our mission. Our policies, procedures, and standards provide guidance for application of the ethical values stated below in our daily life and work as members of this community.

Each member is personally responsible for incorporating these principles into their own actions and is encouraged to speak up if they, in good faith, believe the NAPCA Foundation or any individual is falling short of living up to them. We are proud to be a part of NAPCA and to share the community’s commitment to these values.

We are committed to:


We create, provide, and maintain a safe environment for ourselves and for others. We foster the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of our community.


We will conscientiously strive for excellence in our work. We commit to excellence in all things in process as well as outcomes, knowing that only the process is truly under our control. Responsibility and accountability are the hallmarks of our community.


We will be accountable as individuals and as members of this community for our ethical conduct and for compliance with applicable laws and NAPCA Foundation policies and directives.


We will respect the rights and dignity of others.


We will conduct ourselves with integrity in our dealings with and on behalf of the NAPCA Foundation. We hold ourselves accountable for the outcomes of our actions.


We encourage open, honest, and respectful discourse from and between all members of the community, regardless of position, length of service, or role.
We treat one another with civility.


We encourage curiosity in research, scholarship, and exploration, and we create the conditions where inquiry can flourish.


Every member of the NAPCA community treats one another with dignity and respect. We value different perspectives, opinions, and ideas.
We enable one another’s excellence.
We support the health and wellness of all community members.


The opportunity for excellence in education exists at all levels in both formal and informal ways that benefit students, employees, and members of our community.
We are committed to being great educators — as leaders, mentors, and friends — not only for our students, but also for our community, our peers, and ourselves.


We fulfill the obligations of our role.
We are responsible stewards of the Institute resources entrusted to us, including the environment, equipment and facilities, money and people.
We respect the environment and are conscious of our impact.


We are forthright with our students, their parents, employees, managers, and people who rely on us for leadership and accountability at all levels.
We hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity in peer reviews, scientific evaluations, and recommendations. We represent ourselves accurately and factually to our peers, sponsors, and the general public.
We are open and honest in all our dealings with the government, external agencies, taxpayers, and donors. We honor our obligations to donors and sponsors.


We are scrupulous in all business dealings. We are truthful, forthright, and accurate when preparing all books, records, documents, reports, and publications. We adhere to local, state, and federal laws and regulations. We deal honestly with the government in all matters.


We are ambassadors and advocates, embodying the high standards that we set for ourselves and to which we are held by others. We are committed to NAPCA and its mission, recognizing that our actions as individuals reflect on NAPCA.


If you have an ethical dilemma or you witness something that does not seem right, we urge you to speak up.

Retaliation against an employee who has in good faith reported an alleged unethical or unlawful practice will not be tolerated.


Standards of Ethical Conduct


Pursuit of the NAPCA Foundation mission requires a shared commitment to the core values of the organization as well as a commitment to the ethical conduct of all organizational activities. In that spirit, the Standards of Ethical Conduct are a statement of our belief in ethical, legal and professional behavior in all of our dealings inside and outside the NAPCA Foundation.


The Standards of Ethical Conduct apply to all members of the NAPCA Foundation community, including The Board of Directors, Office of the President/CEO, departments, faculty and other academic personnel, staff, students, volunteers, contractors, agents and others associated with the organization.

1. Fair Dealing

Members of the NAPCA community are expected to conduct themselves ethically, honestly and with integrity in all dealings. This means principles of fairness, good faith and respect consistent with laws, regulations and NAPCA Foundation policies govern our conduct with others both inside and outside the community. Each situation needs to be examined in accordance with the Standards of Ethical Conduct. No unlawful practice or a practice at odds with these standards can be justified on the basis of customary practice, expediency, or achieving a “higher” purpose.

2. Individual Responsibility and Accountability

Members of the NAPCA Foundation community are expected to exercise responsibility appropriate to their position and delegated authorities. They are responsible to each other, the NAPCA Foundation, and stakeholders both for their actions and their decisions not to act.

Each individual is expected to conduct the business of the NAPCA Foundation in accordance with the Core Values and the Standards of Ethical Conduct, exercising sound judgment and serving the best interests of the institution and the community.

3. Respect for Others

The NAPCA Foundation is committed to the principle of treating each community member with respect and dignity. The NAPCA Foundation prohibits discrimination and harassment and provides equal opportunities for all community members and applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran.
Further, romantic or sexual relationships between faculty and staff responsible for academic supervision, evaluation or instruction and their students are prohibited. NAPCA Foundation is committed to creating a safe and drug free workplace. Following is a list of the principal policies and reference materials available in support of this standard:

  • The Faculty Code of Conduct
  • Academic Personnel Policy Manual
  • The Faculty Handbook
  • Personnel Policies for Staff Members
  • Policy on Sexual Harassment and Procedures for Responding to Reports of Sexual Harassment
  • Nondiscrimination Policies

4. Compliance with Applicable NAPCA Foundation Policies, Procedures and Other Forms of Guidance

NAPCA Foundation policies and procedures are designed to inform our everyday responsibilities, to set minimum standards and to give NAPCA Foundation community members notice of expectations.
Members of the NAPCA Foundation community are expected to transact all NAPCA Foundation business in conformance with policies and procedures and accordingly have an obligation to become familiar with those that bear on their areas of responsibility. Each member is expected to seek clarification on a policy or other NAPCA Foundation directive he or she finds to be unclear, outdated or at odds with NAPCA Foundation objectives. It is not acceptable to ignore or disobey policies if one is not in agreement with them, or to avoid compliance by deliberately seeking loopholes.

In some cases, NAPCA Foundation employees are also governed by ethical codes or standards of their professions or disciplines—some examples are attorneys, auditors, physicians and counseling staff. It is expected that those employees will comply with applicable professional standards in addition to laws and regulations.

5. Conflicts of Interest or Commitment

Employee members of the NAPCA Foundation community are expected to devote primary professional allegiance to the NAPCA Foundation and to the mission and goals of the organization. Outside employment must not interfere with NAPCA Foundation duties.

Outside professional activities, personal financial interests, or acceptance of benefits from third parties can create actual or perceived conflicts between the NAPCA’s mission and an individual’s private interests. NAPCA Foundation community members who have certain professional or financial interests are expected to disclose them in com- pliance with applicable conflict of interest/conflict of commitment policies. In all matters, community members are expected to take appropriate steps, including con- sultation if issues are unclear, to avoid both conflicts of interest and the appearance of such conflicts.

6. Ethical Conduct of Research

All members of the NAPCA Foundation community engaged in research are expected to conduct their research with integrity and intellectual honesty at all times and with appropriate regard for human subjects. To protect the rights of human subjects, all research involving human subjects is to be reviewed by institutional review boards. The NAPCA Foundation prohibits research misconduct.

Members of the NAPCA Foundation community engaged in research are not to: fabricate data or results; change or knowingly omit data or results to misrepresent results in the research record; or intentionally misappropriate the ideas, writings, research, or findings of others. All those engaged in research are expected to pursue the advancement of knowledge while meeting the highest standards of honesty, accuracy, and objectivity. They are also expected to demonstrate accountability for sponsors’ funds and to comply with specific terms and conditions of contracts and grants.

7. Records: Confidentiality/Privacy and Access

The NAPCA Foundation is the custodian of many types of information, including that which is confidential and private. Individuals who have access to such information are expected to be familiar and to comply with applicable laws, organizational policies, directives and agreements pertaining to access, use, protection and disclosure of such information. Computer security and privacy are also subject to law and NAPCA Foundation policy.

The public right to information access and the individual’s right to privacy are both governed by state and federal law, as well as by NAPCA Foundation policies and procedures. The legal provisions and the policies are based upon the principle that access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person, as is the right of individuals to privacy.

8. Internal Controls

Internal controls are the processes employed to help ensure that the NAPCA Foundation ’s business is carried out in accordance with these Standards, NAPCA Foundation policies and procedures, applicable laws and regulations and sound business practices. They help to promote efficient operations, accurate financial reporting, protection of assets and responsible fiscal management. All members of the NAPCA Foundation community are responsible for internal controls. Each business unit or department head is specifically responsible for ensuring that internal controls are established, properly documented and maintained for activities within their jurisdiction. Any individual entrusted with funds, including principal investigators, is responsible for ensuring that adequate internal controls exist over the use and accountability of such funds.

9. Use of NAPCA Foundation Resources

NAPCA Foundation resources may only be used for activities on behalf of the NAPCA Foundation. They may not be used for private gain or personal purposes except in limited circum- stances permitted by existing policy where incidental personal use does not conflict with and is reasonable in relation to NAPCA Foundation duties (e.g. telephones). Members of the NAPCA Foundation community are expected to treat NAPCA Foundation property with care and to adhere to laws, policies and procedures for the acquisition, use, maintenance, record keeping and disposal of NAPCA Foundation property. For purposes of applying this policy, NAPCA Foundation resources is defined to include but not be limited to the following, whether owned by or under the management of the NAPCA Foundation:

  • Cash, and other assets whether tangible or intangible; real or personal property;
  • Receivables and other rights or claims against third parties;
  • Intellectual property rights;
  • Effort of NAPCA Foundation personnel and of any non-NAPCA Foundation entity billing the NAPCA Foundation for effort;
  • Facilities and the rights to use NAPCA Foundation facilities;
  • The NAPCA Foundation’s name;
  • NAPCA Foundation records, including student records; and
  • The NAPCA Foundation information technology infrastructure.

10. Financial Reporting

All NAPCA Foundation accounting and financial records, tax reports, expense reports, time sheets and effort reports, and other documents including those submitted to government agencies must be accurate, clear and complete. All published financial reports will make full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosures as required under generally accepted accounting principles for government entities, bond covenant agreements and other requirements. Certain individuals with responsibility for the preparation of financial statements and disclosures, or elements thereof, may be required to make attestations in support of the Standards.

11. Reporting Violations and Protection from Retaliation

Managers and persons in supervisory roles are required to report allegations presented to them and to report suspected ethical conduct violations that come to their attention in the ordinary course of performing their supervisory duties. Reporting parties, including managers and supervisors, will be protected from retaliation for making such a report under the Policy for Protection of Whistleblowers from Retaliation and Guidelines for Reviewing Retaliation Complaints (Whistleblower Retaliation Policy).