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UNM Policy Office

MSC05 3357
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

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Phone: (505) 277-2069

Regents' Policy Manual - Section 2.18: Guiding Principles

Adopted Date: 08-14-2015


These guiding principles serve to direct and guide ethical conduct.  They apply to all members of the University community: Regents, executive officers, faculty, staff, student employees, students, public and student members of University advisory boards and committees, and other volunteers serving in an official capacity. 


Integrity, trust, the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge, and public service are essential elements of the University’s character and guide our decisions.  These and other elements of our character are reflected in the guiding principles.

All members of the University community are expected to maintain the highest standard of ethics as articulated in the guiding principles.  Our devotion to these principles at all times, under all circumstances, and in all our actions is key to our success as an institution and as individuals.

Guiding Principles

1. Freedom of Inquiry

We encourage, protect, and respect the exploration of ideas and their free expression.

2. Integrity

We build trust through transparency, truthfulness, and responsibility.

3. Inclusiveness and Respect

We thrive in a diverse environment characterized by respectful regard for other persons, recognition of their dignity, and considered use of influence and power.

4. Responsibility to Community

We reflect upon our past, serve our present, and strive to improve our future through thoughtful stewardship of our cultures and environment.


The President shall ensure that all members of the University community are aware of the guiding principles, which are supported by existing policies and procedures.

Related Policies

1. Freedom of Inquiry

2. Integrity

Codes of Conduct and Ethics


Grievance Procedures and Dispute Resolution

Reporting Misconduct

3. Inclusiveness and Respect


Sexual Harassment 

Respectful Campus 

Equal Opportunity

4. Responsibility to Community