Conflicts of Interest

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Employees should avoid any relationship or activity that might impair, or even appear to impair, their ability to make objective and fair decisions when performing their jobs. At times, an employee may be faced with situations in which business actions taken on behalf of the College may conflict with the employee’s own personal interests. College property, information, or business opportunities may not be used for personal gain.

Conflicts of interest could arise in the following circumstances:

  • Being employed by, or acting as a consultant to, a competitor or potential competitor, supplier, or contractor, regardless of the nature of the employment, while employed with the College.
  • Serving as a board member for an outside commercial company or organization.
  • Owning or having a substantial interest in a competitor, supplier, or contractor.
  • Accepting gifts, discounts, favors, or services from a customer/potential customer, competitor, or supplier, unless equally available to all College employees.

Employees with a conflict-of-interest question should seek advice from the College Administration. Before engaging in any activity, transaction or relationship that might give rise to a conflict of interest, employees must seek review from their manager or Human Resources.

See Article Code of Ethics.