There is no universal definition of corruption; the World Bank has defined corruption as: the abuse of power, most often for personal gain or for benefit of a group to which one owes allegiance. It can be motivated by greed, by desire to retain or increase one’s power or perversely enough, by belief in supposed greater good. (Stapenhust and sedigh, 1999)
The University Council, Management Board, staff, students and stakeholders are committed to nurturing a culture of integrity and work ethics in all the functional areas of the University, in order to promote good governance and attainment of zero-tolerance to corruption. In this regard, an anti-corruption committee has been put in place to ensure full implementation of this policy on behalf of, and in consultation with, the University council. In addition, the committee is tasked to create awareness and sensitize the entire University community on the importance of fighting corruption in all its faces. The benefits of having a corruption free institution include continued development, increased confidence of both local and international partners, improved social behavior and moral standards and effective, responsible and efficient staff due to increased morale, which would make it a source of pride and joy for all stakeholders associated with SEKU.
Corruption is recognized as a vice that is harmful to both private and public institutions all over the world. This is based on the fact that it can lead to low productivity, loss of institution resources, low staff morale, tarnished institutional image as well as flight of the qualified staff among others. Consequently, South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) acknowledges that corruption can occur in the University and this anti corruption policy is a vital document to enhance transparent and effective service delivery. The University is committed to developing a culture that maintains zero tolerance to corruption in all its functional areas.