Employee Expectations

How Do I Know What is Expected of Me?

State employees have statutory responsibility regarding their own adherence to ethical behavior as mandated by the Illinois Legislature.

New hires are required to participate in ethics training and assessment within 30 days of hire. Most employees are required to participate in ethics training and assessment annually. The statute provides for sanctions for non-compliance and all employees required to participate are required to fulfill their obligation as a condition of employment.

Additional resources are available with information about: 

  • Illinois laws and executive orders
  • Illinois Ethics Commission
  • The Office of the Executive Inspector General as relates to the ethics and compliance officer
  • NIU policies regarding the broad area of local ethical expectations of our academic and work community.

As an employee you have a duty to report violations of law, rules, regulations, or policies that you become aware of in the course of your work for the State of Illinois. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Conflicts of interest
  • Prohibited political activity
  • Inappropriate use of state time, resources and property
  • Receipt of gifts from prohibited sources and revolving door employment restrictions.