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Business Ethics and Conduct

Statement of Purpose

The successful business operation and reputation of Big Sandy ADD is built upon the principles of fair dealing and ethical conduct of our employees. Our reputation for integrity and excellence requires careful observance of the spirit and letter of all applicable laws and regulations, as well as a scrupulous regard for the highest standards of conduct and personal integrity.

Involvement with Big Sandy ADD whether as a member of the Board of Directors, or as a member of a committee, or as a staff member (including employee, volunteer, or work training program participant) is a public trust requiring diligent effort and personal commitment. This Ethics Policy establishes a basic standard of ethical conduct expected and required of all board and committee members, and all District staff. This policy delineates certain procedures and penalties to better assure adherence to this policy.

Board and committee members, and all staff members shall comply fully with the laws and regulations relating to the public's right to know and public access to matters of public policy, public business and public record, and, at the same time diligently respect and protect privileged, confidential information acquired in the course of their official duties.

Board and committee members, and all staff members shall be dedicated to the concepts of effective and democratic local government by responsible elected officials. Consequently, individuals involved with the District shall accept and support the decisions of local officials concerning matters of interpretation regarding the objectives, nature, and scope of the professional services to be provided by the District and/or performed by District staff, unless the course of action to be pursued involves conduct which is illegal and/or immoral.

Board and committee members, and all staff members shall never permit, encourage, or tolerate intentional or unintentional misconduct, illegal activities, malfeasance, fraud, or abuse of public funds.

Board and committee members, and all staff members, including employees, volunteers and work training program participants, may not engage in dual relationships with District program applicants or clients under any circumstances. Dual relationships include any activity that is or could be construed as a sexual or personal financial relationship, and are considered exploitive and shall not be tolerated.

As an organization, Big Sandy ADD will comply with all applicable laws and regulations and we expect our directors, officers, and employees to conduct business in accordance with the letter, spirit, and intent of all relevant laws and to refrain from any illegal, dishonest, or unethical conduct.

In general, you should find that using good judgment, based on high ethical principles, will guide you to act appropriately. If you are unsure about the proper course of action, you should discuss the matter openly with your team leader.

It is the responsibility of every Big Sandy ADD employee to comply with our policy of business ethics and conduct. Disregarding or failing to comply with this standard of business ethics and conduct could lead to disciplinary action, up to and including possible termination of employment.

The District shall provide a personal copy of its Code of Ethics to all Board and committee members, employees, and volunteers and prospective members of each of these groups for better awareness and understanding of the policy. An Acknowledgement confirming both receipt and awareness of the gravity of this Code shall be executed by each individual respectively, and a copy of same shall be kept on file.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:

I have been provided a copy of the Big Sandy ADD's Code of Ethics. I have

studied this code, understand it, and agree that my participation as a

member of the Board of Directors, or as a committee member, or as an

employee, or as a volunteer, or as a work-training program participant with

the District is conditioned upon my compliance with the elements of the

Code.

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Name (Print)

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Signature

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Date


Policy No.  104  Issued  7/17/2003    

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