Code of Expectations
Montana Board of
The Board of Regents expects its members to value service above
self. The Board expects high
standards of ethical conduct and requires all members to conduct
themselves at all times in a manner that reflects honor upon the Montana
Regents must avoid any conflict of interest with respect to the fiduciary
responsibility. There must be no self-dealing or any conduct of
private business or personal services between any Regent and the Montana
University System unless procedurally controlled to assure openness,
competitive opportunity, and equal access to inside information.
When a conflict issue is disclosed, the Regent involved must abstain from voting or
promoting the discussion between Board members.
This Board of Regents is non-partisan in the sense that:
4. We each
take personal responsibility for making decisions in the long-term best
interests of students and the people of Montana.
We each take personal responsibility for holding a long-term and
statewide view in our decision-making, even at the expense of personal or
narrow constituent interests.
6. We each take personal responsibility for coming to meetings
prepared for Board actions.
7. Once Board decisions are made, we will each stand behind them,
even if we disagree-though we may explain the nature of our disagreement,
We view the Student Regent as one who is equal to other Regents.
The Student Regent has a first and foremost responsibility to
represent students in the Montana University System.
We each take personal responsibility for respecting one anotherís
opinions enough to let them be spoken and understood.
We do not sit on bad feelings or misunderstandings. We each take personal
responsibility for talking about problems directly, and as soon as
possible, with the person(s) involved.
When necessary, we will take "recess" to do this.
We each take personal responsibility for staying focused and on
time, and we accept the role of the Chair in helping us do this.
12. We each take personal responsibility for speaking the truth as we see
it, even when it is hard to do so.
13. We open this set of Board expectations for review and
possible revision, annually after appointment of new Regents.
14. We invite the Governor and the Superintendent of Public
Instruction to endorse this set of expectations each year.
Approved at the March, 2003 Board of Regents' Meeting in Helena, MT