Code of Ethics

The Board of Trustees of Brookdale Community College will comply with the following Code of Ethics:

A.  A Trustee should devote time, thought, and study to the duties and responsibilities of a community college trustee so as to render effective and creditable service.

B.  As an individual, a Trustee has no legal authority outside of the meetings of the Board and should conduct him/herself accordingly with College staff, local citizens, and facets of the community.

C.  A primary function of the Board of Trustees is to establish the policies and the goals of the institution and to audit the performance of the administration in the fulfillment of these policies and the progress towards the goals, but the administration of the College’s operations shall be left to the President and the President’s staff.

D.  No College Trustee should accept from any person, directly or indirectly, or through his/her spouse, or any member of his/her family any gift, favor, service, employment, or other things of value under circumstances from which it might be reasonably inferred or which he/she knows or has reasons to believe is offered to him/her with intent to influence his/her public duties and responsibilities.

E.  No College Trustee should knowingly act in an official capacity, by voting or otherwise, on any College matter in which he/she has an interest.

F.  Disclosure of the precise nature of the interest or involvement, at first knowledge of the transaction, should be required in the event that the Board must consider any College matter which also involves: 1. A member of the Board of Trustees or a member of his/her family (defined as spouse, civil union or domestic partner, parents, siblings, or children); and/or 2. An organization with which a member of the Board of Trustees is affiliated.

G.  Disclosure should be further required of Board members concerning all relationships and business affiliations that reasonably could give rise to a conflict of interest involving the institution.

H.  No College Trustee should act as an officer or agent of the College for the transaction of any business with himself/herself or in which he/she has an interest.

I.  No College Trustee should willfully disclose to any person or party for pecuniary gain any information not generally available to members of the public which he/she receives or acquires in the course of his/her official duties.

J.  No College Trustee should have any interest, financial or otherwise, direct or indirect, or engage in any business or transaction or professional activity which might reasonably be expected to impair his/her objectivity or independence of judgment, or which is otherwise in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of his/her duties in the public interest.

K.  No College Trustee should use or attempt to use his/her official position to secure unwarranted privileges or advantages for himself/herself or others.

L.  No College Trustee should act in his/her official capacity in any matter wherein he/she has a direct or indirect interest that might reasonably be expected to impair his/her objectivity or independence of judgment.

M.  No College Trustee, nor any member of the immediate family of such official, shall do business, directly or indirectly, with the institution that they govern or by which they are employed.

N.  The prohibitions in M, above, shall also apply to any firm, association or partnership by which the College Trustee is employed, from which the College Trustee receives compensation, or of which the College Trustee owns or controls more than one percent of the profits or assets of that firm, association or partnership. Such prohibitions shall also apply to shareholders, associates or professional employees of a professional service corporation regardless of the extent or amount of their shareholder interest in such a corporation.

O.  Any College Trustee who is currently involved in a business relationship that is prohibited by this Policy shall be given 30 days to terminate the prohibited business relationship or to resign from public office. Failure to comply with the terms of this Policy shall constitute good cause for the removal from office a College Trustee.

P.  The Executive Director of the Executive Commission on Ethical Standards is hereby authorized to grant an exception from the terms of this Policy if, in the judgment of the Executive Director, the entity that employs, provides compensation or is owned in part by the College Trustee is one with which the College may contract with pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:13D-19 and N.J.S.A. 52:34-10, or where the public interest requires that an exception be made.

The following definitions shall have the following meanings with regard to the Code of Ethics for Trustees of Brookdale Community College:

“College Matter” means any application, award, bid, claim, contract, license, proceeding, resolution or transaction made by, to, against, or with Brookdale Community College or which requires any official action by the Board of Trustees, its officers, or employees.

“College Trustee” means any person who is a member of the Board of Trustees of Brookdale Community College. This includes the President, who by appointment is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees.

“Interest” means any personal, financial, economic, property, or other concern amounting to a right, advantage, share, or portion coming either directly or indirectly to a Trustee singularly or in affiliation with any person or party as defined herein.