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AP 2715 Code of Ethics/Standards of Practice

AP 2715 Code of Ethics/Standards of Practice

References:

NWCCU 2020 Standard 2.D.3
ORS 244.010 to ORS 244.400

All Board of Education members are expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct and ethical behavior and to adhere to the Board’s Code of Ethics. 

The College Board adopts, as its own, the following Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Each Board member should:

  1. Understand the Board sets the standards for the College through board policy. Board members do not manage the college on a day-to-day basis.
  2. Understand the Board makes decisions as a team. Individual board members may not commit the Board to any action.
  3. Respect the right of other board members to have opinions and ideas, which differ.
  4. Recognize decisions are made by a majority vote and should be supported by all board members.
  5. Make decisions only after the facts are presented and discussed.
  6. Understand the chain of command and refer problems or complaints to the College President.
  7. Recognize the Board must comply with Public Meeting Law and only has authority to make decisions at official board meetings.
  8. Insist that all board and college business is ethical and honest.
  9. Be open, fair and honest - no hidden agendas.
  10. Understand you will receive information that is confidential and cannot be shared.
  11. Recognize the College President is the Board’s advisor and should be present at all meetings, except when the Board is considering the President’s evaluation, contract, or salary.
  12. Take action only after hearing the College President’s recommendations.
  13. Refuse to use the position for personal, family, political, or monetary gain or prestige.
  14. Refuse to bring personal or family problems into Board considerations.
  15. Give staff the respect and consideration due skilled, professional employees.
  16. Present personal criticism of college operations to the College President, not to the general public, college community, or a board meeting.
  17. Prioritize the business of the college over personal and partisan considerations.
  18. Identify and communicate any potential conflict of interest as required by Oregon law.

For additional information, the Board may access Government Standards and Practices Laws: A Guide for Public Officials on Government Standards and Practices (GSP), available on line. The manual is an advisory opinion described in ORS 244.280(3). If a public official takes action accurately based on the information contained in the manual, the individual may not be prosecuted by the GSP Commission for violations associated with that action.

Each member of the Board of Education will reaffirm adherence to the Code of Ethics by signing a statement annually.

Rescinds Procedure Number: I.C.010

Approved:   June 18, 2019

Accreditation reference updated January 27, 2020