A-4: Board Member Code of Ethics

Adoption Date: 09/17/90  |  Revision Date: 03/16/98  |  Revision Date: 08/26/08 | Review Date: 10/30/18

As a citizen and a trustee, a Code of Ethics shall be established to accept the legal and moral commitment and responsibility for the College district and its staff in the Trustee’s role to provide students the finest education possible and to represent the public interest in education.

As a member of the Board of Trustees of Prairie State College, the Trustee shall do his/her utmost to adhere to the following commitments:

  1. To represent all district constituents honestly and equally and to refuse to surrender responsibilities to special interest or partisan political groups;
  2. To recognize that a Board member has no legal authority as an individual unless authorized by the Board and that decisions can be made only by a statutory vote at a Board meeting;
  3. To take no private action that might compromise the Board or administration and to respect the confidentiality of privileged information;
  4. To abide by and uphold the decisions of the Board, while retaining the right to challenge the judgement of others when necessary and to seek changes in decisions through ethical and constructive channels while working with fellow Board members in a spirit of cooperation and harmony;
  5. To encourage and respect the free expression of opinion by fellow Board members and others who seek a hearing before the Board;
  6. To be involved and knowledgeable about not only local educational concerns, but also about state and national issues;
  7. To recognize the Board's delegation of authority to the President as the Chief Executive Officer and to confine Board actions to the duties/responsibilities of the Board as established by Board policy;
  8. To respect and contribute to an atmosphere in which controversial issues can be presented fairly, individual dignity is maintained, and proper decorum in group and individual behavior is preserved;
  9. To attend meetings regularly, keep informed on the business of the district, remain flexible in reacting to new ideas, and accept responsibility for meeting new needs in a changing environment; and,
  10. To recognize the need for a strong, active Board of Trustees.

Therefore, if the Trustee is unable to fulfill his/her Duties/Responsibilities as a Trustee or is unable to adhere to this Code of Ethics and/or to the Code of Board Member Conduct, as set forth by the Board of Trustees, he/she will be expected to resign the Trustee position.

 * A two-thirds majority vote shall be required to amend or rescind this Board Policy.