Code of Ethics

Section: 
Board of Trustees
Policy Number: 
113
Effective: 
Friday, April 4, 2014
Policy: 

The South Puget Sound Community College District 24 Board of Trustees sets the ethical tone for the college through the Board procedures and actions and through each trustee’s personal conduct.  Therefore, individual trustees and the Board as a whole should adhere to the highest ethical standards and promote the moral development of the college community.  The Board of Trustees believes the following values represent a shared ideal, which should permeate the institution:

A. Honesty Trustees are honest in their actions and words.
B. Integrity Trustees are principled, honorable and upright.
C. Reliability Trustees keep promises, fulfill commitments, and abide by the spirit as well as the letter of an agreement.
D. Fidelity Trustees demonstrate loyalty to others and to their institutions by support and devotion to duty; they keep information in confidence, when necessary. Trustees safeguard the ability to make independent judgments by avoiding undue influences or conflicts of interest.
E. Fairness Trustees manifest a commitment to justice, the equal treatment of individuals, and the acceptance of diversity. They are open-minded and willing to admit error and willing to change their positions or beliefs when that is appropriate.
F. Caring Trustees are concerned for the well being of others; they are compassionate, kind and serving; they attempt to help those in need and to avoid harming others.
G. Respect Trustees demonstrate respect for human dignity, privacy and the right to self-determination of all persons.
H. Citizenship Trustees are responsible citizens who recognize their ethical obligation to lawfulness, participation, social consciousness and public service. Trustees have the additional responsibility of encouraging participation of others and a special obligation to respect and honor democratic processes avoiding unnecessary secrecy or concealment of information, thus assuring the citizenry has all the information needed to exercise responsible citizenship.
I. Competence Trustees demonstrate the quality of their work in the public sector by being well informed and prepared to exercise public authority property.
J. Accountability Trustees accept responsibility for decisions, for the foreseeable consequences of actions and inaction, and for setting an example for others.
K. Trustworthiness Trustees in the public sector have special obligations to lead by example, to safeguard and advance the integrity and reputation of the governance process, to avoid even the appearance of impropriety and to ensure actions are necessary to correct or prevent inappropriate conduct within the college.

 

To Whom Does This Policy Apply: 

Board of Trustees and individual trustees.