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Basic Beliefs

Members and associate members of AASBO are committed to conducting themselves within the highest standards of professional and personal ethics, to continuing ongoing professional growth and development, and to developing these beliefs in others with whom they work. Members assume the responsibility for providing professional leadership in their schools, communities, and organizations. This responsibility requires members to maintain standards of exemplary personal and professional conduct. To these ends, members subscribe to the following standards.

Ethical Standards

In all activities, members and associate members in good standing of AASBO and its accredited affiliates shall:
  • Make the well-being of all students, staff, and fellow members a fundamental value in all decision making and actions.
  • Fulfill professional responsibilities with honesty and integrity.
  • Support the principle of due process and protect the civil and human rights of all individuals.
  • Obey all local, state, and national laws.
  • Implement the policies and administrative rules and regulations of the employing organization (school district, charter school and/or associated organization).
  • Pursue appropriate measures to correct those laws, policies, and regulations that are not consistent with this code of ethics.
  • Not tolerate the failure of others to act in an ethical manner and will pursue appropriate measures to correct such failures.
  • Never use their positions for personal gain through political, social, religious, economic, or other influence.
  • Honor all contracts until fulfillment or release.

Ethical Conduct

In all activities, members and associate members in good standing of AASBO and its accredited affiliates shall demonstrate their adherence to the standards set forth above by:
  • Actively supporting the goals and objectives of the educational institution with which they work.
  • Interpreting the policies and practices of their employer to the staff and to the community fairly and objectively.
  • Implementing, to the best of their ability, the policies and administrative regulations of their employer.
  • Assisting fellow members, as appropriate, in fulfilling their obligations.
  • Supporting a positive image of the educational institution with which they work.
  • Not publicly criticizing board members, superiors, administrators, or other employees.
  • Helping subordinates achieve their maximum potential through fair and just treatment.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of data and information.
  • Accurately and objectively reporting data, in a timely fashion, to authorized agencies.

Expectations of Personal and Professional Integrity

In the conduct of business and the discharge of responsibilities, each member will:
  • Conduct business honestly, openly, and with integrity.
  • Avoid conflict of interest situations by not conducting business with a company or firm in which the official or any member of the official’s family has a vested interest.
  • Avoid preferential treatment of one outside interest group, company or individual over another.
  • Uphold the dignity and decorum of their office in every way.
  • Never use their position for personal gain.
  • Never accept or offer illegal payment for services rendered.
  • Not accept gifts, free services, or anything of value for or because of any act performed or withheld.
  • Support the actions of colleagues whenever possible.
  • Actively support appropriate professional associations aimed at improving school business management, and encourage colleagues to do likewise.
  • Accept leadership roles and responsibilities when appropriate.
  • AASBO is committed in all areas to encouraging an environment that is free from harassment. Harassment based upon an individual's sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion or any other legally protected characteristics will not be tolerated.
  • Sexual harassment is behavior of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and offensive to the person or persons it is targeted toward and is not acceptable.
  • All complaints of unlawful harassment should be immediately reported to an appropriate supervisor, will be handled in as discreet and confidential a manner as is possible under the circumstances, and should be promptly investigated so that appropriate corrective action can be taken.
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