Part 3 - Comprehensive Standards
  

3.2.3  The governing board has a policy addressing conflict of interest for its members.  (Board conflict of interest)

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Narrative

The operations of both the Louisiana Board of Regents (BOR) and the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors (ULS) are governed by policies that guard against conflict of interest. Both boards are subject to the stipulations of the Louisiana Code of Governmental Ethics.

The Louisiana Code of Ethics (RS 42: 1101, Chapter 15) begins with the following “Declaration of Policy”:

A.     Whereas the people of the state of Louisiana have in Article X, Section 21 of the Louisiana Constitution [Page: 8] mandated that the legislature enact a code of ethics for officials and employees of this state and its political subdivisions, the legislature does hereby enact a Code of Governmental Ethics.

B.     It is essential to the proper operation of democratic government that elected officials and public employees be independent and impartial; that governmental decisions and policy be made in the proper channel of the governmental structure; that public office and employment not be used for private gain other than the remuneration provided by law; and that there be public confidence in the integrity of government. The attainment of one or more of these ends is impaired when a conflict exists between the private interests of an elected official or a public employee and his duties as such. The public interest, therefore, requires that the law protect against such conflicts of interest and that it establish appropriate ethical standards with respect to the conduct of elected officials and public employees without creating unnecessary barriers to public service. In addition, amendments to the Code of Governmental Ethics in 2008 stipulate that members of state boards and commissions must disclose personal financial information, including sources of income; the intent of the new law is to illuminate any prospective conflict of interest in the activities of board members.

The bylaws (Part I, Section G) [Page: 2]  of the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors also address the issue of conflict of interest at the Board level:

G. Conflict of Interest. The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System is the governing board for all institutions that comprise the University of Louisiana System. All members of the Board are appointed officers of the State of Louisiana. As such, they are subject to the laws of the State as defined by the 1974 Louisiana State Constitution (Article X. Public Officials and Employees, Part I., Sec. 2) and the State Code of Ethics which govern their conduct and responsibilities.

Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconBYLAWS_Confilct_of_InterestUL System Bylaws Part I, Section G - Conflict of Interest
Document IconCode_of_Ethics_Declaration_of_policyRS 42: 1101, Chapter 15 Code of Ethics Declaration of policy
Document IconLouisiana_Code_of_Governmental_EthicsLouisiana Code of Governmental Ethics
Document IconState_Constitution_1974_Article_X_Public_Officials_EmployeesArticle X. Public Officials and Employees, Part I., Sec. 2
Document IconState_Constitution_1974_Article_X_Public_Officials_Employees1Article X, Section 21 of the Louisiana Constitution