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1055 Ethical Conduct of the Governing Board

The task of the Hartnell College Board of Trustees is to serve as a focal point for student, staff, community and business input, and to lead the College in accomplishing its mission; and as such, to be proactive in expanding and improving the College’s services to people. Given this basic condition, the activities and deliberations of the Board of Trustees will be governed by the following tenets:

To achieve distinction requires commitment, and commitment requires the devotion of time, thought, energy, effort and ability whenever needed.

It is the duty of the Trustee to represent the needs of the entire District, while realizing that an occasion may arise when it is necessary to advocate for particular needs of particular constituents. The Trustees must focus their allegiance toward the institution, the community which it serves and the College mission.

The Board is made up of individuals with differing values and beliefs and debate is expected and natural. Board decisions must be team decisions. Consequently, the Board acts as a whole after decisions are made and no member or committee acts in place of the Board. Board members will show mutual respect for one another.

Maintain confidentiality of privileged information.

Remember at all times that as individuals, Board members have no legal authority outside the meetings of the Board. Therefore, Board members shall conduct relationships with college staff, students, members of the community, and the media on that basis.

Keep in mind that under all circumstances the Board is legally responsible for the effective operation of the District. It shall delegate authority to the Superintendent/President as the Board executive and confine Board action to policy determination, planning, overall approval and evaluation, and maintaining the fiscal stability of the District. Implied within this statement is the requirement to nurture and support the Superintendent/President and his/her staff.

Conflict of Interest
Avoid any situation that may constitute a conflict of interest. Inform the entire Board or the Board President when a matter under consideration might involve or appear to involve such a conflict.

Be aware of opportunities to enhance service as a Board member through participation in educational conferences, workshops and training sessions to enhance knowledge of contemporary educational issues and legislation.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees as an operational statement on: June 4, 1992
Adopted as Board Policy: 3-5-96

Revised and Adopted: 7-14-05