5:120 - Ethics and Conduct

Policy 5:120


Ethics and Conduct

All District employees are expected to maintain high standards in their school relationships, to demonstrate integrity and honesty, to be considerate and cooperative, and to maintain professional and appropriate relationships with students, parents, staff members, and others. In addition, the Code of Ethics for Illinois Educators, adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education, is incorporated by reference into this policy. Any employee who sexually harasses a student, willfully or negligently fails to report an instance of suspected child abuse or neglect as required by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, or otherwise violates an employee conduct standard will be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal.

Any employee who is convicted of a misdemeanor or felony while employed must inform the Superintendent or designee of such conviction no later than seven (7) calendar days after the conviction. "Misdemeanor" means any offense for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment in other than a penitentiary for less than one year may be imposed. 720 ILCS 5/2-11. "Felony" means an offense for which a sentence to death or to a term of imprisonment in a penitentiary for one year or more is provided. 720 ILCS 5/2-7. Failure to comply with these reporting requirements may be deemed “just cause” for disciplinary action, which may include termination or non-renewal of employment in accordance with law.

Statements of Economic Interest

The following employees must file a "Statement of Economic Interests" as required by the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act:

  1. Superintendent;
  2. Building Principal;
  3. Head of any department;
  4. Any employee responsible for negotiating contracts, including collective bargaining agreement, in the amount of $1,000 or greater;
  5. Hearing officer;
  6. Any employee having supervisory authority for 20 or more employees;
  7. Any employee in a position that requires an administrative or a chief school business official endorsement; and
  8. Board of Education members

Ethics and Gift Ban

School Board policy 2:105, Ethics and Gift Ban, applies to all District employees.  Students shall not be used in any manner for promoting a political candidate or issue.

Prohibited Interests; Conflict of Interest; and Limitation of Authority

In accordance with Section 22-5 of the School Code, “no school officer or teacher shall be interested in the sale, proceeds, or profits of any book, apparatus, or furniture used or to be used in any school with which such officer or teacher may be connected,” except when the employee is the author or developer of instructional materials listed with the Illinois State Board of Education and adopted for use by the Board.

An employee having an interest in instructional materials must file an annual statement with the Board Secretary.

For the purpose of acquiring profit or personal gain, no employee shall act as an agent of the District nor shall an employee act as an agent of any business in any transaction with the District. This includes participation in the selection, award or administration of a contract supported by a federal award when the employee has a real or apparent conflict of interest as defined by 2 C.F.R. §200.318(c)(1). A conflict of interest arises when an employee or any of the following individuals has a financial or other interest in the entity selected for the contract:

  1. Any person that has a close personal relationship with an employee that may compromise or impair the employee’s fairness and impartiality, including a member of the employee’s immediate family or household;
  2. An employee’s business partner; or
  3. An entity that employs or is about to employ the employee or one of the individuals listed in one or two above.

Employees shall neither solicit nor accept gratuities, favors, or anything of monetary value from contractors, potential contractors, or parties to agreements or contracts. Situations in which the interest is not substantial or the gift is an unsolicited item of nominal value must comply with state law and Board policy 2:105, Ethics and Gift Ban.

Outside Employment

Employees shall not engage in any other employment or in any private business during regular working hours or at such other times as are necessary to fulfill appropriate assigned duties.

Adopted: July 26, 2004
Revised: February 23, 2015; December 16, 2019

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