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8-19-0 Statement of Ethical Principles for Employees

 

NUMBER:  8-19-0          APPROVED DATE:  01-18-2005

LEGAL AUTHORITY:  S.C. ETHICS, GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY, AND CAMPAIGN REFORM ACT, S.C. CODE ANN. §§ 8-13-10 TO -1520

PURPOSE

Trident Technical College (TTC) employees shall abide by the basic principles of honesty, accountability, integrity, and respect; use state resources appropriately and maintain confidentiality. These principles are fundamental in the ultimate mission of the college: to produce well-educated, well-prepared graduates who will serve our communities, our state, our nation, and our world.  All employees of the college have an obligation to apply these ethical principles in their duties and responsibilities.

HONESTY

TTC employees shall be truthful and sincere in all interactions with the public, with students, and with each other.  They shall avoid even the appearance of wrongdoing and report any unethical behavior.   At times, employees are aware that others are committing wrongdoing within TTC, but for various reasons choose not to report the misconduct.  This may create the perception that TTC condones this type of behavior.  Citizens must be able to trust that TTC employees are doing all they can to prevent wrongdoing and are protecting the interests and property of the state at all times.  Trident Policy 8-21-0 and Procedure 8-21-1 explain these issues in more detail.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Each TTC employee takes responsibility for his or her own actions and personal decisions to protect the institution by following all policies and procedures of the college and the statutes and regulations of the State of South Carolina.

INTEGRITY

TTC employees shall adhere to an ethical code of conduct that fully supports the values necessary for good leadership, sets a positive example for all students, and advances the overall purpose and mission of the college.

RESPECT

TTC employees shall discharge their duties with care, compassion, and concern for the well-being of all those they serve.  They recognize the inherent worth and dignity of all persons regardless of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or disability.

USE OF STATE RESOURCES

TTC resources are limited and the public must trust TTC officials and employees to be good stewards of these resources.  The public should have confidence that TTC employees are using state resources for the benefit of all citizens and not as personal property.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Many times TTC requires its employees to handle personal information.  TTC has a duty to protect this information. The public must be able to trust that employees with access to this information will protect its confidentiality and not use the information for personal or financial gain.


Reviewed: 02-26-2010

Reviewed: 02-11-2015

Updated: 07-25-2017