Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct establishes guidelines for professional conduct by those acting on behalf of the Medical University of South Carolina, its agents or affiliates (including but not limited to the Medical University Hospital Authority, University Medical Associates, Carolina Family Care, Health Sciences Foundation, and the Foundation for Research Development hereinafter, collectively referred to as “MUSC”), including executive officers, faculty, staff, and other individuals employed by MUSC using MUSC resources or facilities, and volunteers and representatives acting as agents of MUSC.
This Code of Conduct is not an attempt to define specifically what one should and should not do, but to communicate MUSC’s expectations of proper conduct and what professional conduct MUSC values.
Those acting on behalf of MUSC have a general duty to conduct themselves in a manner that will maintain and strengthen the public’s trust and confidence in the integrity of MUSC and take no actions incompatible with their obligations to MUSC. With regard to professional conduct, those acting on behalf of MUSC should practice:
- Integrity by maintaining an ongoing dedication to honesty and responsibility;
- Trustworthiness by acting in a reliable and dependable manner;
- Evenhandedness by treating others with impartiality;
- Respect by treating others with civility and decency;
- Stewardship by exercising custodial responsibility for MUSC academic, intellectual, financial, and material assets and resources;
- Compliance by following Federal and State laws and regulations and MUSC policies and procedures related to their duties and responsibilities;
- Confidentiality by protecting the integrity and security of MUSC information such as patient records, employees files, student records, and contract negotiation documents;
- Reporting any activity reasonably believed to violate Federal or State laws or regulations or MUSC policies or procedures.
Reporting Possible Violations
Report any activity reasonably believed in violation of any law or regulation, any MUSC policy, or any Federal or State healthcare requirement by means of the Confidential Hotline, 1-800-296-0269 (Toll-free, available 24 hours, 7 days a week).
MUSC will neither discriminate nor retaliate against any MUSC member who reports in good faith any instances of conduct that do not comply or appear not to comply with Federal or State laws and regulations or MUSC policies and procedures. A MUSC member has the right to remain anonymous, as allowed by law, and to use confidential mechanisms provided by MUSC to disclose non-compliant activity without fear of retaliation of such reports.