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CHAPTER VIII

4.CODE OF ETHICS

4.1 Prohibited Actions of Regents.

A Member of the Board of Regents shall not:

(1) Accept or solicit any gift, favor, or service that might reasonably tend to influence the Regent in the discharge of official duties or that the Regent knows or should know is being offered with the intent to influence the Regent's official conduct;

(2) Accept employment or engage in a business or professional activity the Regent might reasonably expect would require or induce him or her to disclose confidential information acquired by reason of his or her official position or otherwise withhold from the Board information in his or her possession that might reasonably benefit him or her, financially or otherwise, whether directly or indirectly. Further, it is a violation of this Rule if the benefit inures to a third party or parties, in whose welfare the Regent is interested;

(3) Accept other appointments or any employment or compensation that could reasonably be expected to impair the Regent's independence of judgment in the performance of official duties;

(4) By his or her actions or through his or her silence, allow the Board to consider any matter in which he or she will benefit, financially or otherwise, whether directly or indirectly. Further, it is a violation of this Rule if the benefit inures to a third party or parties, in whose welfare the Regent is interested. The Regent shall refrain from commenting on the matter to the Board, its regents or employees; and leave the room while the Board deliberates and votes on the matter;

(5) Make personal investments that could reasonably be expected to create a substantial conflict between the Regent's private interest and the public interest;

(6) Intentionally or knowingly solicit, accept, or agree to accept any benefit for having exercised his or her official powers or performed official duties in favor of another; or,

(7) Commit acts of fraud, dishonesty, or illegality in office, including (by way of example and not limitation) assisting others to obtain personal or financial benefits to which they are not entitled by law or policy; forging or altering checks, bank drafts, or other documents, financial or otherwise; or, knowingly authorizing improper claims.

4.2 Prohibited Actions of Employees.

An employee of The Texas State University System or any of its Components shall not:

(1) Accept or solicit any gift, favor or service that might reasonably tend to influence the employee in the discharge of official duties;

(2) Use an official position to secure special privileges or exemptions for the employee or others, except as may be otherwise authorized by law;

(3) Accept employment or engage in any business or professional activity which might reasonably be expected to require or induce the employee to disclose confidential information acquired by reason of such employee's official position or impair the employee's independence of judgment in the performance of public duties;

(4) Disclose confidential information gained by reason of one's employment, or otherwise use such information for personal gain or benefit;

(5) Transact any business in an official capacity with any business entity of which the employee is an officer, agent, or member or in which the employee owns a controlling interest unless the Board of Regents has reviewed the matter and determined no conflict of interest exists;

(6) Make personal investments in any enterprise which could reasonably be expected to create a substantial conflict between the private interests of the employee and the public interests of his or her employer;

(7) Receive any compensation for services as a state employee from any source other than the State of Texas, except as otherwise permitted by law;

(8) Commit any act of fraud, dishonesty, or illegality in office, including (by way of example and not limitation) assisting others to obtain personal or financial benefits to which they are not entitled by law or policy; forging or altering checks, bank drafts, or other documents, financial or otherwise; knowingly authorizing improper claims; or,

(9) Engage in any form of sexual harassment or racial harassment as defined in these Rules and Regulations.