Board Members' Code of Conduct B 4.5


Section 4 Governance Process

4.5 Board Members’ Code of Conduct

The board commits itself and its members to biblical, ethical, businesslike, and lawful conduct, including proper use of authority and appropriate decorum when acting as board members.


4.5.1 Board members from the founding missions represent their missions. However, the first concern of CAJ board members is to serve the interests of the school, unless such interests are found to be in conflict with the official position of their missions. Members must avoid conflict of interest with respect to their fiduciary responsibility. (SY 13-14:28) There must be no self-dealing or any conduct of private business or personal services between any board member and the organization except as procedurally controlled to assure openness, competitive opportunity, and equal access to inside information. When the board is to decide upon an issue about which a member has an unavoidable conflict of interest, that member shall absent herself or himself without comment from not only the vote, but also from the deliberation. Board members must not use their positions to obtain employment for themselves, family members, or close associates. (cf 2.2.23) (SY 12-13:73)

4.5.2 Board members may not attempt to exercise individual authority over the organization except as explicitly set forth in board policies. (SY 14-15:97) Board members’ interaction with the head of school or with staff must recognize the lack of authority vested in individuals, except when explicitly board authorized. Board members will give no consequence or voice to individual judgments of head of school or staff performance. (SY 14-15:97) Board members should be conscious that their words and actions can be perceived as representing the board even when that is not the intent. (SY14-15:97) At no time should a board person comment to outside entities on behalf of (or as could be construed as being a spokesman or representative of) the board except to repeat explicitly stated board decisions. (SY 13-14:120, SY14-15:97) During a crisis, tragedy, scandal or sensitive situation, all requests by reporters, organizations and individuals for information, comment or opinion should be deferred to the head of school and/or the board designated spokesperson. (SY 14-15:97)

4.5.3 Board members will respect the confidentiality appropriate to issues of a sensitive nature.

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