Conflict of Interest/Board of Trustees

No.   3-36a  Rev. 11-18-98      Date  9-1-94     



I. PURPOSE

A. To establish a procedure for declaring conflicts of interest for members of the Weber State University Board of Trustees.

B. To provide guidelines consistent with the Utah Public Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act without exempting covered individuals from coverage under the provisions of the Act.

C. To insure Board of Trustee decisions are made solely on the basis of a desire to promote the best interests of Weber State University and to further the public good.

II. REFERENCES

67-16-1 et seq., Utah Code Annotated (1953)

Utah Public Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act

III. DEFINITIONS

A. "Trustee" means a member of the Weber State University Board of Trustees.

B. "Substantial interest" means the ownership, either legally or equitably, by an individual, his spouse or his minor children, of at least 10% of the outstanding capital stock of a corporation or a 10% interest in any other business entity. "Substantial interest" also means personal, family-related or business relationships that could be construed to affect Board members' responsibilities.

C. "Improper disclosure" means disclosure of confidential information to any person who does not have both the right and the need to receive the information.

D. "Compensation" means anything of economic value, however designated, which is paid, loaned, granted, given, donated or transferred to any person or business entity in which a Board member has a substantial interest.

IV. POLICY

A. Trustees shall not:

1. Engage in improper disclosure of confidential information gained as members of the Board of Trustees.

2. Use or attempt to use their official positions to secure special privileges or exemptions for themselves or others.

3. Allow other employment or interests to impair their independence of judgment in the performance of their duties as Board members.

4. Allow other employment or interests to interfere with the ethical performance of their duties.

5. Accept compensation from any source if such acceptance tends to influence their official duties.

B. Trustees shall annually submit a Conflict of Interest form declaring substantial interests they maintain with organizations that do business with the University which could be construed to potentially affect their independence and unbiased judgment relating to their duties as Board members.

C. Trustees may ask for consultation with the University Legal Counsel, Executive Committee, the president, or the Board of Trustees if they are uncertain as to the appropriateness of listing a particular relationship on the Conflict of Interest form.

D. Trustees who have declared or been found to have conflicts of interest shall refrain from participating in discussion, voting or being physically present during Board business that is impacted by a conflict of interest.

E. In addition, Trustees shall be subject to the Utah Public Officers' and Employees' Ethics Act referred to above.


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