Policy II. G. - Board Members' Code of Conduct

The Board and its members as individuals will conduct themselves ethically. Such conduct includes proper use of authority and appropriate decorum in group and individual behavior when acting as Board members. 

  1. Board members must maintain unconflicted loyalty to the interests of the public.  This accountability supersedes any conflicting loyalty such as that to advocacy or interest groups and membership on other boards or organizations.  This accountability supersedes the personal interest of any Board member acting as an individual consumer of College services.
  2. Board members must avoid any conflict of interest with respect to their fiduciary responsibility.
    1. There must be no self-dealing or any conduct of private business or personal services between any Board member and the College except as procedurally controlled to assure openness, competitive opportunity and equal access to "inside" information.
    2. Board members must not use their positions to obtain employment by the College or to furnish services or goods to the College on behalf of themselves, family members, friends, or associates.
  3. Board members must not attempt to exercise individual authority over the organization or on behalf of the Board as a whole, except as explicitly set forth in Board policies.
    1. In interaction with the President or with College employees, Board members must recognize the lack of authority in any individual Board member or group of Board members except as noted above in Board Policies II.A through II.F.
    2. In interaction with the public, press, or other entities, Board members must recognize the same limitation and the similar inability of any Board member or Board members to speak for the Board.
    3. Individual Board members asked to serve on Oregon Community College Association or other statewide committees will bring such requests to the Board as a whole for appointment to such committees.
  4. Board members will strive to participate in educational activities, including local, state, regional, and national meetings, to enhance their ability to serve effectively as members of the College's governing Board.
  5. Board members will not permit themselves to be used to circumvent established lines of authority or to interfere in normal procedures for the handling of complaints or grievances.
  6. Board members will not violate confidentiality, including discussions that occur at legally held closed meetings of the Board.
  7. At Board meetings, Board members will not present an item for action that is not on the agenda, without consensus of the Board.
  8. Board members serve without remuneration, except that the College provides actual and necessary expenses incurred by the Board members for authorized travel, College business at conferences, and professional materials.
  9. Nothing in this policy shall restrict a Board member from communicating informally with the President, College staff, the public, or other entities about College educational services or activities.

Adopted 5/19/99 Revised 9/8/99; 04/19/00; 06/06/07