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Ethics Statement

Ethics/Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest and Oregon Government Ethics Law

Oregon Government Ethics Law (Chapter 244), establishes the minimum standard of ethical conduct and behavior for elected officials, public employees (public officials), members of county and municipal advisory boards, and judicial bodies.

Rogue Community College (College) employees and representatives of the College, whether or not they are compensated for such services, are considered “public officials” (ORS 244.020). College administration/staff/faculty, Board members, volunteers and agents of the college are also known as Public Officials.

Receiving personal gain through public employment is prohibited

Be aware that gifts, special deals, back-door selling, kickbacks, discounts, and incentives that are offered to an individual as a public employee may be perceived as personal gain.  Corporate discounts that are offered to all employees of larger business may be excluded from this rule. 

Rogue Community College employees (public officials) are prohibited from soliciting or accepting, directly or indirectly, receiving compensation that is over $50 in a calendar year from a third party.  Compensation includes, but is not limited to; honoraria, gifts, monies, gift certificates, plaques, gratuities, services, promise of a contract for future award.

Employees of the College also employed outside of the College may not receive commissions from College business. The College may not do business with businesses where an employee is part owner or receives indirect or direct benefit from the business where the employee is part of the selection process or a participant in the contract. In general, relatives and members of an employee’s household, and any business with which an employee, a relative or member of an employee’s household are associated may not be hired as a contractor with the college.