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3.400 Trustee Ethics


Policy Number: 3.400 

Subject: Trustee Ethics

Date Adopted: January 1, 1991

  1. To devote time, thought, and study to the duties and responsibilities of a community college board member that I may render effective and creditable service.
  2. To work with my fellow board members in a spirit of harmony and cooperation in spite of differences of opinion that arise during vigorous debates of points of issue.
  3. To base my personal decision upon all available facts in each situation; to vote my honest conviction in every case, unswayed by partisan bias of any kind; therefore, to abide by and uphold the final majority decision of the board.
  4. To remember at all times that as an individual I have no legal authority outside the meetings of the board, and to conduct my relationships with the community, college staff, the local citizenry, and all media of the community on the basis of this fact.
  5. To resist every temptation and outside pressure to use my position as a community college board member to benefit either myself or any other individual or agency apart from the total interest of the community college district.
  6. To recognize that it is as important for the board to understand and evaluate the educational program of the community college as it is to plan for the business of college operation.
  7. To bear in mind under all circumstances that the primary function of the board is to establish the policies by which the community college is to be administered, but that the administration of the educational program and the conduct of college business shall be left to the employed president of the community college and his/her professional and non-professional staff.
  8. To welcome and encourage active cooperation by citizens, organizations, and the media of communication in the district with respect to establishing policy on current college operation and proposed future developments.
  9. To support the state and national community college trustees' association.
  10. Finally, to strive step by step toward ideal conditions for the most effective community college board service to my community, in a spirit of teamwork and devotion to public education as the greatest instrument for the preservation and the perpetuation of our representative democracy."

(From TRUSTEESHIP-HANDBOOK FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTE TRUSTEES, by George E. Potter, ACCT, 1979) "