Academic Commitments


The UNGC areas of human rights, labor, and anti-corruption overlap when it comes to human trafficking, one topic of focus for the Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption Center (TraCCC).  Housed in the School of Public Policy on Mason’s Arlington Campus, TraCCC is the first center in the United States devoted to understanding the links among terrorism, transnational crime, and corruption, and to teach, research, train, and help formulate policy on these critical issues.  Other research topics in which TraCCC and its overseas partners are actively engaged include the links between crime and terrorism, money laundering and other financial crimes, the impact of organized crime and terrorism on legitimate business, environmental crimes, and nuclear proliferation issues.

Through its four overseas research centers in Vladivostok, Chelyabinsk, Saratov, and Stavropol, TraCCC fulfills its dual mission of researching and documenting trends in organized crime and corruption in Russia and devising country-specific legislative and policy methods to address these crimes.

Scholars and practitioners at each center identify issues of organized crime and corruption affecting their specific region and offer legislative and policy solutions.


Housed in the School of Management, the Investor Protection and Corporate Fraud Research Center provides thought leadership on investor protection and fraud risk by sponsoring, conducting, and disseminating research in these areas.  The center focuses on investor protection activities such as the role of corporate governance, the role of auditors, insider trading, management disclosures, and the legal and regulatory environment of business.  Center director Keith L. Jones, associate professor of accounting, has focused his research on identifying and evaluating methods to assess the risk of fraud.

Beyond Academic Commitments

Members of the George Mason University community aspires to the principles and values articulated in our Code of Ethics:

  • We perform our public responsibilities, services, and activities ethically, competently, efficiently, and honestly, in keeping with university policy and applicable law.  We expect that all necessary and proper controls safeguarding the public resources are in place and observed, with periodic auditing of functions and departments by the state auditor of public accounts and/or the university’s Internal Audit and Management Services.
  • We do not accept any favor, loan, service, business, or professional opportunity from anyone knowing that it is offered to improperly influence the performance of our public duties, or when acceptance thereof may reasonably be perceived as an impropriety in violation of university policy or state law.  University procurements of goods or services are undertaken only by authorized personnel and, when competitive principles apply, decisions are made impartially and objectively in accordance with established policy and state law.
  • We preserve and respect the confidentiality of university records, including personnel and student records.  We do not externally disclose confidential records or other nonpublic information without appropriate authorization, and any confidential record or information we access as a result of our position or duty is neither exploited for personal benefit nor misused for any unauthorized purpose.
  • We are committed to the principles of federal and state law guaranteeing equal opportunity and nondiscrimination with respect to university services, programs, activities, and employment, and we support an environment that respects the rights and opinions of all people.  Complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation are investigated, and, when warranted, appropriate corrective action is taken and disciplined in accordance with state and university policy and applicable law.
  • Our communications on behalf of the university with all persons, including co-employees, clients, customers, students, guests, and vendors, are conducted professionally and with civility.
  • We do not condone dishonesty in any form by anyone, including misuse of university funds or property, fraud, theft, cheating, plagiarism, or lying.  We encourage and expect reporting of any form of dishonesty, and expect our managers and supervisors to appropriately investigate such reports.  We also expect that the police and/or state auditor of public accounts will be notified when circumstances reasonably indicate fraud or theft of university funds.
  • We strive for continuous improvement in our performance of public duties for the university.
  • We bring to the attention of supervisors and managers, the university auditor, or other responsible university office, any violation of these principles or circumstances reasonably indicating that a violation has occurred or may occur.  Such reporting in good faith in order to promote the ethical integrity of operations is expected and encouraged by the university, and retaliation by any university employee as a result against the person making such good faith report shall be subject to disciplinary action.  We appropriately investigate all such reports and, when warranted by the facts, require corrective action and discipline in accordance with state and university policy and state law.