SECTION 8 - CODE OF ETHICS
See §3-401 of the college CODE
A. Article I‒Declaration Of Policy: College officers and employees are responsible to all the people of the state and county and not to any favored segment or group. The business and affairs of the college must be conducted in such an impartial manner that all persons understand that no college officer or employee can be improperly influenced. College officers and employees must avoid all situations where prejudice, bias, or opportunity for personal gain could influence their decisions. They must equally avoid circumstances suggesting that favoritism or personal gain is a motivating force in the conduct of college affairs.
It is the intent of this Code to set forth the minimum ethical standards to be followed by officers and employees of the college. These standards are intended not only to require officers and employees to avoid activities that might result in using a public office or employment for private gain or the giving of favored treatment to any organization or person but also to maintain public confidence in the college by prohibiting activities that might permit opportunity for personal gain or personal preference to influence decision. The objectives are to maintain an impartial administration of the college and to maintain public confidence in the college.
B. Article II‒Definitions
1. Agency means Prince George's Community College (the college).
2. Agency Head means the president of the college.
3. Assist means to act, or offer to agree to act, in such a way as to help, aid, advise, furnish information to, or otherwise provide assistance to another person, believing that such action is of help, aid, advice, or assistance to such a person and intending so to assist such person.
4. Confidential information means material or significant information received by an officer or employee by reason of or in the course of his/her relationship with an agency which is not intended at the time received to be made public and as to which the officer or employee is bound to act for the benefit of the agency and not for his or her own benefit.
5. Entity means any individual, partnership, association, corporation, firm, institute, trust, foundation, or other organization (other than the state or an agency thereof or the college) not operated for profit.
6. Financial interest means (a) ownership of more than 3 percent (3%) of the invested capital or capital stock of any entity, (b) ownership of securities or obligations of any type which are or may become equivalent to or convertible into ownership of more than 3 percent (3%) of the capital stock of any entity, or (c) ownership of any interest or involvement in any relationship from or as a result of which the owner has, within the past three years, received, or is presently or in the future entitled to receive, more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) per year.
7. Direct financial interest means a financial interest owned or possessed by an officer or employee, his spouse, child, parent, brother, or sister.
8. Participate, in connection with a transaction involving the state or a transaction involving the college, means to participate as a college officer or employee in any proceeding, decision, determination, finding, ruling, order, grant, payment, award, license, contract, transaction, sanction, or approval, or the denial thereof, or failure to act with respect thereto, personally and substantially through approval, disapproval, decision, recommendation, the rendering of advice, investigation, or otherwise.
9. Transaction involving the state or Transaction involving the college means any proceeding, application, submission, request for ruling or other determination, contract, claim, case, or other such particular matter which the college officer or employee in question believes or has reason to believe (a) is one to which the state or an agency thereof or the college is or will be a party, or (b) is one in which the state or an agency thereof or the college has a direct and substantial proprietary interest.
C. Article III‒Standards of Ethical Conduct for College Officers and Employees: It shall be considered unethical for any college officer or employee:
1. To accept, seek, solicit, or take directly or indirectly, any gift or benefit of more than insignificant economic value, including money, any service, gratuity, fee, property, loan, promise, or anything else of more than insignificant economic value, including money, any service, gratuity, fee, property, loan, promise, or anything else of more than insignificant economic value from or on behalf of any individual or entity who is doing or is seeking to do business of any kind with the state or college or whose activities are regulated or controlled in any way by the state or college, and the officer or employee has knowledge of such facts, under the circumstances from which the officer or employee could reasonably have inferred that the gift or benefit was intended to influence such officer or employee in the performance of his/her official duties and under the circumstances from which it is reasonable to assume that the officer or employee would be influenced in the performance of his or her official duties.
2. To disclose to any individual or entity for the officer's or employee's private gain or advantage, or for the private gain or advantage of another individual or entity, confidential information concerning the property, government, or affairs of the state or college.
3. To engage in outside employment which may frequently result in conflict between the private interests of the officer or employee and his official college duties and responsibilities or which impairs or could reasonably be expected to impair his independence or judgment in the exercise of his official duties.
4. To use intentionally the prestige of a college office or employment for the officer's or employee's private gain or for the private gain of another.
5. To assist another individual or entity for compensation or to represent another individual or entity as agent or attorney, whether or not for compensation, in any transaction involving the college or in any transaction involving the state which results in a conflict or could reasonably be expected to result in a conflict between the private interests of the officer or employee and his official college duties and responsibilities, or to accept a portion of any fee received by another individual or entity for assistance which such officer or employee would be prohibited from rendering by this section.
Nothing in this section shall prevent an officer or employee from assisting (a) his parent, spouse, or child, or (b) any individual or entity for whom he is serving as guardian, executor, administrator, trustee, or other personal fiduciary in a transaction involving the college except in transactions in which he has participated or over which he has official responsibility and provided that the circumstances of such assistance shall have been disclosed to the college president and approved by him in advance of such assistance or (c) any member of the public when it is part of his official duties to do so.
6. To participate in a transaction involving the college in which an officer or employee has a direct interest or to participate in a transaction involving the college to which, to his or her knowledge, any of the following is a party:
a. Any entity in which he/she has a direct financial interest of which he may reasonably be expected to know.
b. Any entity of which he/she is an officer, director, trustee, partner, or employee.
c. Any entity with which he/she is negotiating or has any arrangement concerning prospective employment.
d. Any entity which is a party to an existing contract when viewed in light of his/her participation in the transaction results in a conflict or could reasonably be expected to result in a conflict between the private interests of the officer or employee and his official college duties.
e. Any entity, either engaged in a transaction involving the state or college or subject to regulation by the college, in which a direct financial interest is owned by another entity in which the officer or employee has a direct financial interest.
f. Any entity which is a creditor or of such college officer or employee with respect to a thing of economic value and which, by reason thereof, is in a position to affect directly and substantially such officer's or employee's economic interest.
The Board of Ethics may by written order suspend the operation of this section, however, in whole or in part, as to any particular college officer or employee or class thereof with respect to any particular or class of transactions involving the state or college, provided that said board shall make a finding in writing, that under all the circumstances, the public welfare and interest in an officer's or employee's participation exceeds the public interest in his disqualification.
In any case where a college officer or employee must disqualify himself under the provisions of this section, he shall promptly notify the college president or Board of Trustees. A copy of such written disclosure shall be sent to the Board of Ethics. The president will thereupon relieve him of his duties and responsibility in the matter, unless the Board of Ethics makes a written determination that under the circumstances the public welfare and interest in the officer's or employee's participation exceeds the public interest in his disqualification and provided that the college officer or employee shall consent to such participation. A full statement of the pertinent facts and of the board's determination of public welfare and interest under any provisions of this section shall be kept on file by the board and shall be a public record.
PRINCE GEORGE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT SERVICES PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT NETWORK (PLAN)
Student Statement of Understanding and Adviser Authorization for CAP 105
After attending the PLAN Information Session on (date) and meeting with (adviser’s name) , a PLAN adviser, I (student’s name) understand and will comply with the following policies in effect at Prince George’s Community College.
• Student may be awarded credit for prior educational experiences in which college-level learning may be verified either through documentation or through assessment.
• The college-level learning must be applicable to an approved instructional program at Prince George’s Community College which you have declared as your program of student.
• No more than 30 credits total may be earned at Prince George’s Community College through nontraditional or noncollegiate learning experiences including: credit by examination (Advanced Placement [AP], Challenge and Competency testing, College Level Examination Program [CLEP]); credit by portfolio documentation (CAP 105); credit through evaluation of training programs or technical courses (military, business, government agency, proprietary school) using American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines. This 30 credit limit also includes Cooperative Education course work.
• Of the above 30 credits, no more than 15 credits earned through the portfolio writing course (CAP 105) and/or Challenge Examinations may be counted towards an associate degree.
• Each portfolio you complete in the CAP 105 course must demonstrate that you have acquired the college-level knowledge that is expected of students who have completed the college course for which you are seeking credit.
• You have one semester after the completion of the semester in which you take the CAP 105 course to submit additional portfolios for evaluation.
• Credits earned through nontraditional or noncollegiate learning experiences frequently transfer to the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and often transfer to other colleges or universities with programs similar to PLAN. The credit limits listed above apply to in-state transfers.
I certify that I have met with (student) And discussed the policies listed above and I authorize her/him for enrollment into CAP 105, Portfolio Development (PLAN adviser) .