Code of Ethics and Employee Conduct

Ethics at MC

Montgomery College is committed to fostering an environment of integrity where ethical standards are routinely and transparently considered by all. A policy entitled Code of Ethics and Employee Conduct was adopted by the Board of Trustees on June 19, 2017. The purpose of the Montgomery College Code of Ethics is to express the ethical standards for faculty, staff, and administrators: Accountability, Civility and Collegiality, Compliance, Fairness, Honesty, Respect, and Stewardship.

Support of the Montgomery College Code of Ethics will serve to enhance an ethical environment and promote civility, excellence, and integrity in our work and with one another. It is every employee’s responsibility to uphold the Code of Ethics and to encourage high standards of ethical behavior and decision-making by all. As established in the policy, the Employee Code of Conduct document, developed through governance, will now be referred to as the Employee Standards of Conduct Handbook and will serve as the basis for obtaining an awareness of ethical standards for all employees.

Reporting Concerns

Roadmap for Employees to Address Issues

The College has developed a special roadmap document (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)   to help employees understand where to go for assistance with the resolution of different concerns.

Confidential Reporting Line

Employees with ethical concerns are encouraged to talk with their management. Montgomery College uses the EthicsPoint reporting line, which is a confidential and anonymous third-party reporting line.
EthicsPoint toll-free number: 844-572-2198
EthicsPoint online reporting: www.montgomerycollege.ethicspoint.com

Online Handbook

Our Code of Ethics and Employee Standards of Conduct Handbook provides:

  • A summary of our shared institutional values and ethical standards.
  • Clearly articulated expectations of both our employees and of Montgomery College.
  • References to key Montgomery College policies and procedures.* 
  • References to key laws and regulations applicable to Montgomery College.* 
  • An ethical framework for decision-making for all employees.
  • Resources for additional guidance.

Note - Not all policies, key laws and regulations are covered in the Code of Ethics and Employee Standards of Conduct Handbook.

Training

The work to implement the ethics program will take place over several years and involve all employees. Key pieces of the ethics program will include training and awareness through multiple methods: table top exercises with examples of ethical scenarios, online training, and information sharing.

Montgomery College will offer two types of ethics training for employees during FY19:

  • Focus on Ethics, an in-person training conducted in a group setting and led by supervisory staff.
  • Ethics @MC: Code of Ethics and Employee Code of Conduct, an online training available on MC Learns 

Both ethics trainings are required for employees. 

The Focus on Ethics course will provide initial, in person ethics training to all Montgomery College faculty, staff, and administrators concerning the MC Code of Ethics and Employee Conduct Policy & Procedure. Employees will participate in scenario-based discussions regarding ethical issues. The in-person training format is designed to be facilitated by managers or supervisors with their direct reports.

Required for employees in all divisions, including:

  • Full-time credit faculty
  • All staff, including temps with benefits
  • Department chairs
  • Administrators

Encouraged for:

  • Part-time credit faculty
  • WD&CE part-time non-credit faculty
  • Casual temporary employees.

Employees must complete the training by June 30, 2019 (or within 12 months of the hire date for new employees hired during FY19) Classes will be arranged directly by department managers.

Additional information is available in our Frequently Asked Questions About the Focus on Ethics Training document. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  

The Ethics@MC online interactive ethics training provides Montgomery College employees with the opportunity to learn more about ethics and the Montgomery College Code of Ethics and Employee Conduct. The ethics training includes four distinct topic areas: Conflicts of Interest, Discrimination, Workplace Harassment, and Workplace Violence and Abusive Conduct.

The training requires about one hour to complete. 

Once completed, your MC Learns training history will indicate the required class has been completed under the “Online E-Courses” section.

The course is available in three modes:

  • Video (video and audio)
  • Audio (audio and images)
  • Silent (no audio, images only, and includes text)

If you are unable to access this training due to a disability and need an alternative format, please contact Rowena D’Souza to request an accommodation.

Should a technical issue occur, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Ethics Office for assistance.

Required for employees in all divisions, including:

  • Full-time credit faculty
  • All staff, including temps with benefits
  • Department chairs
  • Administrators

Encouraged for:

  • Part-time credit faculty
  • WD&CE part-time non-credit faculty
  • Casual temporary employees.

Employees must complete the training by June 30, 2019 (or within 12 months of the hire date for new employees hired during FY19) 

Registration Information: Class is available on MC Learns.

Additional information is available in our Ethics@MC Online training frequently asked questions document. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  

To learn more about ethics topics, employees are encouraged to view the series of short videos available below.

Ethics Video Series

These micro learning videos require valid MyMC login credentials to view and are not part of the required online training.

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