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Code of Conduct Policy 114.01

Johnson County Community College
Series: 100 Board of Trustees
Section: Duties and Responsibilities of the Board

In carrying out their functions on the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees, Board members are expected:

  • To recognize that to serve on the Board of Trustees of Johnson County Community College is to commit oneself to achieving the stated missions of the College with vision and perspective and to supporting the community college movement in general.
  • To devote time, energy, thought and study to the duties and responsibilities of this elected office so that the Board member may render effective and creditable service to the citizens, employees and students represented by the Board member.
  • To work with 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. Civility and mutual caring for one another and for the employees of the College shall guide the conduct of Board members. Board members shall not engage in attacks which are purely personal in nature and shall not attack the integrity of individuals without factual foundation. Board members shall promote mutual respect among one another and among all College employees and shall not use their position to embarrass, intimidate or threaten employees. Members of the Board of Trustees are leaders in the community and their conduct is important to the College and to the community.
  • To base personal decisions upon all available facts in each situation: to vote their 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.
  • To remember at all times that as an individual, the Board member has no legal authority outside the meetings of the Board; therefore, the Board member must conduct relationships with the College employees, the local citizenry and the press on the basis of this fact and engage in no private action that will compromise the Board.
  • To avoid the reality or the appearance of conflict of interest and to refuse to use the Board position for personal or partisan gain, thereby ensuring that the welfare of the institution is placed above personal interest or the interests of family members or others who may be personally involved in substantial affairs affecting the institution. Board members shall not use their position to advance their own economic, professional or social status.
  • To resist influencing the vote or other action of other Board members, or the actions of any employee, through threat, promise of award, deception, exchange of vote or by means other than legitimate open discussion.
  • To forward through the Board Chair or College President any request for information about College employees.
  • To bear in mind that the primary function of the Board is to establish effective policies for the College and to delegate authority for the administration of the educational program and the conduct of College business to the President and employees.
  • To recognize that it is as important for the Board to understand and evaluate the educational program of the College as it is to plan for the business of College operation.
  • To follow all applicable College Policies, Procedures and Board of Trustee guidelines.
  • To welcome and encourage active cooperation by citizens of the district.
  • To keep confidential all information of a confidential or sensitive nature provided to the Board, including information received during executive session, the disclosure of which would be contrary to the fiduciary obligations of a Board member, compromise the attorney-client privilege, or violate any law or court order.

Date of Adoption: 08/06/1990
Revised: 05/26/1993, 01/18/2018