Statement of Ethics

As a member of the Board, I will strive to improve community college education, and to that end I shall adhere to all state and federal laws, College District policies, and the following ethical standards:

  1. Attend all regularly scheduled Board meetings insofar as possible and become informed concerning issues to be considered at those meetings.
  2. Bring about desired changes through legal and ethical procedures, upholding and enforcing all applicable statutes, regulations, and court decisions pertaining to community colleges.
  3. Work with other Board members to establish effective Board policies and to delegate authority for the administration of the College District to the College President.
  4. 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.
  5. Recognize that I should endeavor to make policy decisions only after full discussion at publicly held Board meetings.
  6. Render all decisions based on the available facts and my independent judgment and refuse to surrender that judgment to individuals or special interest groups.
  7. Encourage the free expression of opinion by all Board members, and seek systematic communications between the Board and students, staff, and all elements of the community.
  8. Communicate as appropriate to other Board members and the College President expressions of public reaction to Board policies and College District programs.
  9. Inform myself about current educational issues by individual study and through participation in programs providing needed information, such as those sponsored by the Texas Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the Association of Community College Trustees.
  10. Avoid being placed in a position of conflict of interest, and refrain from using my Board position for personal or partisan gain.
  11. Take no private action that will compromise the Board or administration and respect the confidentiality of information that is privileged under applicable law.
  12. Remember always that my first and greatest concern must be the educational welfare of the students attending the College District.

REFERENCE: derived from National School Boards Association

Texas Southmost College


LDU 2020.02

DATE ISSUED: 4/13/2020