Ethics Overview

Rutgers, the premier public research university in New Jersey, is a steward of the public trust. As university and public employees, we must take care to exhibit the highest ethical standards of conduct in carrying out our duties and to avoid rigorously any conduct that might produce even the appearance of the misuse of our Rutgers positions to further our own personal interests.

The New Jersey Conflicts of Interest Law, which is generally applicable to all Rutgers employees, emphasizes the need to educate public employees in ethical standards. Accordingly, Rutgers will be introducing updated programs to assist faculty and staff in complying with the State ethics requirements and all faculty and staff are urged to cooperate and participate in this effort.

Rutgers Ethics Program

In this section, you may access the training and documents relevant to the existing Rutgers Ethics Program.

As part of this program of education and information, Rutgers employees are provided with the:

  • Rutgers Code of Ethics
  • Rutgers Plain Language Guide to Fundamental Ethics and Conflicts
This section of our website contains links to relevant informational material, including key documents relating to the Rutgers Ethics Program. We have tried to make the materials as clear and inclusive as possible. Nevertheless, for each of these provisions, there will be instances in which their applicability to particular circumstances will be uncertain. In these cases, you may contact the Rutgers ethics liaison for advice.

Ethics Office Contact Info
For any questions and/or comments, please contact us by email at or by phone at 732.743.3344.

For more info and videos related to Rutgers Ethics, please see our YouTube channel available at:

Casey Woods
Ethics Training Officer/Project Manager

John Hughes
Director of Ethics/Ethics Liaison Officer

Legacy UMDNJ Schools and Units
  • Cancer Institute of New Jersey
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • New Jersey Medical School
  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (formerly New Jersey Dental School)
  • School of Health Related Professions
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health
  • University Behavioral Health Care

Attention Legacy UMDNJ and RBHS Faculty and Staff

The Ethics MATRIX program, previously available for legacy UMDNJ employees or employees working in Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), has been deprecated and replaced by the Ethics ARMOR program. All paid faculty and staff should use Ethics ARMOR.