Chapter 1 – Governance and Organization

1.20.01 Board of Trustees Code of Ethics and Conduct
The Board of Trustees of Community Colleges of Spokane hereby adopts the following code of ethics and conduct as a guide to the collective and individual conduct of the members of the board:
1.    To become familiar with and committed to the major responsibilities of the board under RCW 28B.50.140 and the general principles of governing boards of trustees:
a.    to oversee the operation of college district including Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College;
b.    to encourage comprehensive community college programs of education and training and maintain an open-door policy;
c.    to appoint, support and annually evaluate the performance of the Chancellor;
d.    to receive gifts, grants and bequests of real or personal property from private sources as may be made from time to time;
e.    to establish rules and policies for the governance of the college district and its employees and students;
f.     to delegate to the Chancellor powers and duties sufficient and necessary for the administration of the district;
g.    to define and clarify the mission and purposes of the district;
h.    to grant to every student, upon graduation or completion of a course of study, a suitable diploma, degree or certificate;
i.      to enhance the image of the college district to the public;
j.      to annually conduct a self-evaluation of the board.
2.    To devote time to learn how the district and its institutions function -- their uniqueness, strengths and needs -- and their place in the region.
3.    To carefully prepare for, regularly attend, and actively participate in board meetings and committee assignments, and work with fellow board members in a spirit of cooperation.
4.    To accept and abide by the legal and fiscal responsibilities of the board as specified by board bylaws, rules and policies, and state statutes and administrative codes.
5.    To vote according to individual convictions, to challenge the judgment of others when necessary; yet be willing to support the majority decision of the board and work with fellow board members in a spirit of cooperation.
6.    To maintain the confidential nature of board deliberations and to avoid acting as spokesperson for the entire board unless specifically authorized by the board to do so.
7.    To understand the role of the board as a policy-making body and to avoid participation in administration of policy.
8.    To learn and consistently to use designated institutional channels when conducting board business.
9.    To act in an ethical manner and comply with all ethics laws, including Chapter 42.52 RCW – Ethics in Public Service.
10. To make judgments on the basis of what is best for students and the district as a whole.
[Adopted 03/09/82; Amended 10/17/95; Amended 04/19/05; effective 01/01/06; Amended 10/15/13]