It is of the highest importance that the people of the State of Texas have complete confidence in the integrity of their public servants. This need is especially critical in the area of state-supported higher education. The responsibility for educating and training the future leaders of the state and nation carries with it the duty to adhere to the highest ethical standards and principles. It is for this reason that this statement of standards of conduct and ethical principles and its accompanying guidelines are promulgated by the Board of Regents of the University of North Texas (UNT). These standards, principles and guidelines shall apply to all persons employed by any department, program, or service of UNT regardless of rank or position.