Code of Ethics


Members of the Binghamton University Campus Citizen Review Board (CCRB) have a unique role as public servants overseeing BU law enforcement. The University President, the campus community, and Binghamton University (BU) law enforcement rely on us to conduct our work in a professional, fair, and impartial manner. We earn this trust through a firm commitment to the public good; to the mission of the CCRB; and to the ethical and professional standards described herein.

Personal Integrity

We hold ourselves to the highest standards of personal integrity, truthfulness, and fortitude to inspire trust among members of the Binghamton University community. We conduct our work in an equitable and impartial manner and recuse ourselves when significant conflict of interest, or the appearance of such, arises. We do not accept gifts, gratuities, or favors that could compromise our impartiality and independence.

Independent and Thorough Oversight

We participate in investigations, audits, evaluations, and reviews with diligence, an open and questioning mind, fairness, and in a timely manner. We rigorously explore the accuracy and reliability of information from all sources. We present the facts and findings without regard to personal beliefs or concern for personal, professional, or political consequences.

Transparency and Confidentiality

We conduct oversight activities openly and transparently provide regular reports and analysis of our activities, and explanations of our procedures and practices to as wide an audience as possible. We maintain the confidentiality of information that cannot be disclosed and protect the security of confidential records.

Respectful and Unbiased Treatment

We treat all individuals with dignity and respect, without preference or discrimination in regards to age, ethnicity, citizenship, color, culture, race, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, housing status, marriage, mental health, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or political beliefs, and all other protected classes.

Outreach and Relationships with Stakeholders

We pursue open, candid, and non-defensive dialog with our stakeholders. We educate and learn from the campus and broader communities.

Agency Self-examination and Commitment to Policy Review

We seek continuous improvement in the effectiveness of our oversight; in BU law enforcement; and in our relations with the communities we serve. We gauge our effectiveness through evaluation and analysis of our work. We emphasize policy review aimed at substantive organizational reforms that advance law enforcement accountability and performance.

Professional Excellence

We seek professional development to ensure competence. We acquire the necessary knowledge and understanding of the policies, procedures, and practices of BU law enforcement. We keep informed of current legal, professional, and social issues that affect the Binghamton University community, BU law enforcement, and the CCRB.

Primary Obligation to the Community

At all times, we place our obligation to the campus community and the goals and objectives of the CCRB above our personal self-interest.