Institutions of higher education are entrusted by society with great resources and commensurately great responsibilities for creation, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge. College and university business officers play a key role in assuring that high standards of ethical practice attend to the custody and use of these resources. The business officer’s personal and professional conduct reflects on his or her institution, the collective profession, and the higher education enterprise at large. To guide business officers in setting and practicing high standards of ethical conduct, the Business Office of Albion College has implemented the following Code of Financial Ethics which are based upon those recommended by the National Association of College and University Business Officers . The Business Office embraces the values expressed in this Code and advocates their observance by all staff.
The business officer’s conduct should be characterized by integrity and dignity, and he or she should expect and encourage such conduct by others.
The business officer should adopt and be faithful to personal values that:
The business officer should understand and support his or her institution’s objectives and policies, should be capable of interpreting them within and beyond the institution, and should contribute constructively to their ongoing evaluation and reformation.
In discharging his or her duties in accordance with this Code of Financial Ethics, the business officer should enjoy the following rights:
the right to work in a professional and supportive environment;