BBF(LOCAL) - BOARD MEMBERS: ETHICS

Statement of Ethics

As a member of the Board, I shall strive to improve community college education, and to that end I shall adhere to all state and federal laws, College District policies, and the ethical standards set out in this policy.

Service

I shall attend all regularly scheduled Board meetings insofar as possible and devote time, thought, and study to the duties and responsibilities of a Board member, so that I may render effective and creditable service.

I shall bring about desired changes through legal and ethical procedures, upholding and enforcing all applicable statutes, regulations, and court decisions pertaining to community colleges.

I shall establish and adhere to policies and practices prohibiting unlawful discrimination, including harassment on the basis of sex, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Collaboration

I shall work with my fellow Board members in a spirit of harmony and cooperation and encourage the free expression of opinion in spite of differences that arise during vigorous debates of points of issue.

I shall base my personal decisions upon all available facts in each situation; vote my honest conviction in every case, unswayed by partisan bias of any kind; and abide by and uphold the final majority decisions of the Board.

Authority

I shall 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 College District staff, the local citizenry, and all media of the community on the basis of this fact.

I shall resist every temptation and outside pressure to use my position as a Board member to benefit myself or any other individual or agency apart from the total interest of the College District.

Roles

I shall recognize that it is as important for the Board to understand and evaluate the educational program of the College District as it is to plan for the business of College District operations.

I shall delegate the administrative matters of the College District to the College President and support the employment of qualified College District staff.

I shall welcome and encourage active cooperation by citizens, organizations, and the College District media by communicating with respect to policy on current College District operations and proposed future developments.

I shall speak with one voice as a Board member once a Board decision or policy is made.

Teamwork

I shall support state and national organizations in their efforts to benefit Texas community colleges, such as the Community College Association of Texas Trustees, the Texas Association of School Boards, and the Association of Community College Trustees.

I shall work step by step toward ideal conditions for the most effective College District 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.

REFERENCE: derived from the Association of Community College Trustees Guide to Ethical Governance

Alvin Community College

BBF(LOCAL)-AJC

UPDATE 41

DATE ISSUED: 5/14/2021