IUAA subscribes to, and supports, the following statement of ethics adapted from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. IUAA Representatives are expected to be familiar with, and observe, these standards.
Dear IUAA Team
Indiana University Alumni Association (IUAA) was formed in 1969 as a not-for-profit corporation to benefit Indiana University. IUAA provides opportunities for alumni and friends to stay connected with their alma mater through communications, programs, and services that foster a lifetime relationship with Indiana University. In order to accomplish this mission, we at the IUAA hold ourselves, our employees, and our representatives to a high ethical standard: to do the right thing, even when doing so elicits challenges.
It is the purpose of this document to provide all of us with guidance in terms of both standards and procedures governing situations where our ethics must be applied. Adherence to this document is a necessary first step toward fulfilling our mission of building an environment that effectively enables us to bring alumni together to serve IU and one another.
It is the intent of IUAA that its programs and operations be conducted in a manner which merits continued public trust and confidence. Unless otherwise stated, the standards, guidelines, and rules contained in this document apply to all members of the Board of Managers, members of the Finance Committee, and employees of IUAA, all of whom are collectively referred to as “IUAA Representatives.” Accordingly, IUAA Representatives are expected to carry out their duties in a manner that inspires and assures the confidence of fellow IUAA Representatives, as well as alumni and friends of the university, and others with whom the IUAA transacts business. It is important that the actions and conduct of all IUAA Representatives in their mission of support for Indiana University be undertaken honestly, fairly, and in a manner which raises no questions of impropriety.
This page indemnifies some of the organizational principles the IUAA and Indiana University hold dear: a commitment to transparency, a determined effort to abide by state and federal law, and a dedication to fairness. We recognize that many ambiguous situations may arise. In some circumstances, an IUAA Representative may find that making the proper decision is difficult. In such instances, the IUAA Representative shall not rely solely on his or her own judgment, but shall seek appropriate guidance from the leadership team or others within the organization.
I appreciate your shared commitment to this document and the values it represents. The ethical operation of any organization is a team effort, one which I sincerely hope you will join me and the rest of the senior leadership — who I charge with maintaining an even higher standard of professional conduct than those guiding principles listed within these pages — of our organization in pursuing.
J Thomas Forbes
Chief Executive Officer
Indiana University Alumni Association