The Ethics, Government Accountability and Campaign Reform Act of 1991 was passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in an effort to make the government function in a manner "free from all threats, favoritism, undue influence and all forms of impropriety so that confidence of the public is not eroded."
The South Carolina Ethics Commission and the Attorney General are responsible for oversight/ enforcement of the Act, as it relates to state employees. Areas which may require the College's compliance under the Act include, but are not limited to, those listed below.
- Conferences and meetings which are hosted by the College or professional organizations;
- Travel and conference/meeting expenses if paid for by an entity other than the College;
- Contacts with and/or invitations to elected or governmental officials on behalf of the College;
- Gifts or loans of "anything of value" to College employees by anyone who does business with the College;
- Consultant activities;
- Speaking engagements on behalf of the College or for personal reasons;
- Confidential information;
- Relationships with individuals or corporations doing business with the College;
- Influence on behalf of a family member for employment in any area of the College;
- Contract and bid negotiations;
- Textbook review for pay; and,
- Secondary or dual employment.
State employees have a duty of loyalty to the State as their employer. Certain dealings outside of work, both personal and financial, have the potential to create an actual or perceived conflict in fulfilling this duty to the State. Employees of the College should avoid these situations by limiting certain dealings outside of their employment or removing themselves from particular matters.
Appropriate training on compliance with this Act will continue to be provided to the Area Commission, faculty and staff by the College's Internal Auditor. Questions should be referred to the Internal Auditor who also has numerous opinions and interpretations of the Act by the Secretary of State, Ethics Commission and the Attorney General.
The SC Ethics act in its entirety is located on the South Carolina Ethics Commission website. http://ethics.sc.gov/Pages/default.aspx