The (name of governing body) recognizes
that persons involved in governance activities (Policy Council and Board
of Directors) at (program name) are leaders, models, and representatives of
the organization. All members will be expected to conduct themselves such
that their personal and professional conduct does not have a negative affect
on services or reflect badly on (program name) public image, reputation, or
- Acceptable standards of conduct will be established
and periodically revised by the (program name) Board of Directors for both Council and Board members.
- All Council and Board members will be
informed of the established standards of conduct.
- The Board of Directors in its entirety
will be responsible, with a simple majority vote of members
present for a regularly scheduled or appropriately called
special meeting, for reprimanding or removing any
representative from the Council or Board due to conduct
CODE of CONDUCT
HS/EHS Policy Council and (program
name) Board of Directors members:
- Will respect and promote the unique
identity of each child, family, employee, Council and Board
member and refrain from stereotyping on the basis of
gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, or
Must uphold the agency's confidentiality guidelines
stated as follows:
- No information regarding children and families
of children enrolled with (program name) is to be discussed outside of the work setting or Board/Council
- Information is to be discussed
within the work setting and at Board/Council meetings only as is necessary
and related to program operations/business or decision-making;
- No information learned at
Board/Council meetings or while conducting
Board/Council business may be discussed or used in any
way outside of Board/Council activities.
- Will support and participate in a
TEAMWORK approach to decision making.
- Will behave and interact respectfully
while participating on Board/Council or representing the
organization within the community.
- Must have an interest and concern for
children and their families.
- May not accept gifts and/or gratuities as
stated in the (program name) Personnel Policy
- Are prohibited from using their
position on Board/Council for purposes which are, or give
the appearance of being, motivated by a desire for private
gain for themselves or others, such as those with family,
business or other ties.
- Must not make public statements under
the auspices of any agency title without the Board of
- Will follow all (program name)
general operating procedures.
- Will respect and uphold the legal
authority of the Board of Directors to establish, review,
or revise the standards of conduct for individuals
participating on the Board/Council.
Adapted from Program Governance Workshop,
2004 Head Start & Early Head Start Directors'
Sample Code of Conduct for Policy Councils and Governing Bodies. DHHS/ACF/ACYF/HSB. 2004 Head Start and Early Head Start Directors' Institute. July 11-15, 2004. Crystal City, VA. English.
Last Reviewed: October 2012
Last Updated: August 27, 2014