Citizens' Oversight Committee
Ethics Policy Statement
This Ethics Policy Statement provides general guidelines for Committee members to
follow when carrying out their roles. Not all ethical issues that Committee members
face are covered in this Statement. However, this Statement captures some of the critical
areas that help define ethical and professional conduct for Committee members. The
provisions of this Statement were developed from existing laws, rules, policies and
procedures as well as from concepts that define generally accepted good business practices.
Committee members are expected to strictly adhere to the provisions of this Ethics
CONFLICT OF INTEREST. A Committee member shall not make or influence a District decision related to: (1)
any contract funded by bond proceeds or (2) any construction project which will benefit
the committee member's outside employment, business, or a personal finance or benefit
an immediate family member, such as a spouse, child or parent.
OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT. A Committee member shall not use his or her authority over a particular matter to
negotiate future employment with any person or organization that relates to: (1) any
contract funded by bond proceeds, or (2) any construction project. A Committee member
shall not make or influence a District decision related to any construction project
involving the interest of a person with whom the member has an agreement concerning
current or future employment, or remuneration of any kind. For a period of two (2)
years after leaving the Committee, a former Committee member may not represent any
person or organization for compensation in connection with any matter pending before
the District that, as a Committee member, he or she participated in personally and
substantially. Specifically, for a period of two (2) years after leaving the Committee,
a former Committee member and the companies and businesses for which the member works
shall be prohibited from contracting with the District with respect to: (1) bidding
on projects funded by the bond proceeds; and (2) any construction project.
COMMITMENT TO UPHOLD LAW. A Committee member shall uphold the federal and California Constitutions, the laws
and regulations of the United States and the State of California (particularly the
Education Code) and all other applicable government entities, and the policies, procedures,
rules and regulations of the Allan Hancock Joint Community College District.
COMMITMENT TO DISTRICT. A Committee member shall place the interests of the District above any personal or
business interest of the member.
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