Todd Nicolet became the Interim Chief Integrity and Policy Officer on Monday. He said the chancellor hopes to have a permanent officer by June 1.
The position came from a joint recommendation by the Ethics and Integrity Working Group and the Policy and Procedures Working Group, both of which were commissioned by Chancellor Carol Folt after the release of the Wainstein report in fall 2014. Folt announced the release of the ethics and integrity group’s final report in an email Thursday.
The Ethics and Integrity Working Group wants UNC to consider:
Adopting a unified ethics statement
Hiring a chief integrity and policy officer
Creating a web portal to house reporting mechanisms
Addressing influences that affect the campus’ culture of integrity
Nicolet, who chaired the policy and procedures group, said the position brought together the ethics and integrity group’s focus on culture, and the policy and procedures group’s focus on structures to support that culture. He stressed the importance of emphasizing ethics, while also giving the campus community the resources to carry out those values.
School of Government professor Norma Houston served as co-chairperson of the ethics and integrity group. She said the group recognized that its work was about restoring the University’s reputation, a task critical to its future.