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. Any employee who sexually harasses a student or otherwise violates an employee conduct standard will be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal.

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

  1. Function as a department head;
  2. Have direct supervisory responsibility for controls in the amount of $1,000 or greater;
  3. Have supervisory responsibility for 20 or more employees;
  4. Are required to hold an administrative or chief school business official endorsement;
  5. Adjudicate, arbitrate, decide or review any judicial or administrative proceeding or decision.

Ethics and Gift Ban

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.

Outside Employment and Conflict of Interest

No District employee shall be directly or indirectly interested in any contract, work, or business of the District, or in the sale of any article by or to the District, except when the employee is the author or developer of instructional materials listed with the 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.

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.

Cross Reference: 

2:105 Ethics and Gift Ban

5:100 Staff Development Program

Legal Reference(s):

U.S. Constitution, First Amendment.

5 ILCS 420/4A-101 and 430/.

50 ILCS 135/

105 ILCS 5/10-22.39, 5/22-5, and 5/24-22.

Pickering v. Board of Township H.S. Dist. 205, 391 U.S. 563 (1968).

Garcetti v. Ceballos, 547 U.S. 410 (2006).

Date Adopted:  April 22, 2011