Employee Code of Ethical Conduct

Policy No: HR002

Policy Statement

As employees of the Fashion Institute of Technology (“FIT” or the “college”), administrators, faculty members, staff members, and student workers (“employees”) are responsible for conducting themselves with the highest ethical standards.  The college values integrity, honesty, and fairness. It strives to integrate these values into its teaching, scholarship, business practices, and daily interactions among all members of the college community.  The quality of the college’s reputation requires that persons representing the college conduct themselves in manners that advance the above-stated values and do not diminish the values of the college.

This Code of Ethical Conduct (“Code”) cannot anticipate every possible situation.  It can, however, provide examples to guide employees in their daily decisions and actions.

Each employee is individually accountable for their actions and, as members of the college community, all employees are collectively accountable for upholding these standards of behavior and for compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

FIT employees are expected to become familiar with this Code and shall be deemed to have knowledge of its provisions.  It is an ongoing responsibility for employees to disclose potential or actual conflicts of interest or violations of the Code that do not involve activity protected by the NLRA or the New York State Taylor Law.  Additionally, senior administrators are responsible for promoting the understanding of, and compliance with, this Code in their respective areas.  If an ethics-related question arises, the Office of the Vice President for Human Resource Management and Labor Relations (“VP for HR”) should be consulted.

In the event that the language of a portion of the Code is in direct contradiction with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”), the CBA will prevail. The rules outlined in the FIT Employee Policy Manual are referred to in this Code,  but if the language in the Code differs from the Employee Policy Manual or other FIT policies, this policy supersedes the Employee Policy Manual and/or other FIT policies with the exception of the CBA.

Who is Affected by this Policy

  •  All FIT employees

Policy Information

  • Responsible Administrator: Vice President for Human Resource Management and Labor Relations
  • Responsible Office: Human Resource Management and Labor Relations
  • Implementation History: Issued April 2017; Last Updated June 2019, December 2019, November 2020
  • Contact: Vice President for Human Resource Management and Labor Relations 

View Official Policy* 

HR002, Employee Code of Ethical Conduct (.pdf)

*This PDF document is the official version of this policy.