All employees, members of the Board, and representatives of the College District will reflect the highest professional standards of ethics and integrity and always conduct official duties in accordance with the laws of Texas and the United States and goals and mission of the College District. [See AE] Employees are also encouraged to act in accordance with professional codes of ethics related to their position at the College District. All employees and members of the College District community will:
1. Be responsible for protecting confidential information.
2. Refuse to accept any gift, favor, or service that might reasonably tend to influence the discharge of official duties if such gift, favor, or service is offered with the intent to influence or control.
3. Avoid personal investments that could reasonably be expected to create a conflict of interest.
4. Be responsible for the creation of a positive and constructive environment essential for the teaching/learning process. Basic to that environment is freedom from harassment, concern for the individual student, concern for colleagues, maintenance of a drug-free and weapon-free campus and concern for the image of the institution in the community. Care must be taken to maintain professional boundaries in any student interactions.
5. Respect human dignity and the importance of diversity in an institution of education and learning, and promote respect for all cultures and peoples.
6. Ascribe to the judicious use of power vested upon their position in the institution and exercise particular care in relationships in which they have the responsibility for control. This is true whether it is the faculty/student or the supervisor/employee relationship.
7. Obey the law with respect to discrimination and oppose any violation of fair employment practices.
8. Keep proper records of all financial transactions and reports for which they are responsible.
9. Avoid using College District property or facilities for commercial purposes and avoid solicitation of students for commercial or political purposes.
10. Interact with colleagues and the community with a collaborative spirit to enhance the College District’s mission, goals, and services for a better community.
11. Practice the current code of professional ethics related to their educational field. This includes use of social media and electronic communication guidelines for the profession.
REPORTED CRIMINAL HISTORY INFORMATION
An employee shall notify the College President within three (3) calendar days of any arrest, investigation, law enforcement report, indictment, conviction, no contest or guilty plea, disposition or other adjudication involving the employee in an way for a felony, any offense involving moral turpitude, and any of the other offenses as indicated below:
Crimes involving moral turpitude (including misdemeanor offenses), which include:
Dishonesty; fraud; deceit; theft; misrepresentation; deliberate violence; felony possession, transfer, sale, distribution, or conspiracy to possess, transfer, sell, or distribute any controlled substance defined in Chapter 481 of the Health and Safety Code; act constituting public intoxication, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or disorderly conduct; acts constituting family violence abuse under the Texas Family Code.
FAILURE TO TIMELY REPORT ANY MATTER REQUIRED TO BE REPORTED UNDER THIS POLICY MAY RESULT IN ADVERSE EMPLOYMENT ACTION.
Adverse employment action may be taken for failure to meet the College’s standards of professional conduct or for any other activity, work-connected or otherwise, that, because of publicity given it, or knowledge of it among students, faculty, and community, impairs or diminishes the employee’s effective performance of assigned job duties.