University of North Georgia (UNG) is in compliance with this comprehensive standard. An extensive set of state laws and Board of Regents (BOR) policies make conflicts of interest by governing board members unlawful and unacceptable. The institutional consolidation forming UNG had no impact on and made no changes to these existing regulations prohibiting conflicts of interest among members of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
As an agency of the state of Georgia, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and its individual members are subject to rules and regulations pertaining to conflict of interest as defined in state law as well as in Regents Bylaws. There are at least two sections of the Board of Regents Bylaws that define and prohibit conflicts of interest for members of the Board of Regents who are appointed by the Governor of Georgia to serve as part-time public officials in their capacity on the governing board. Those are summarized in the following table:
Georgia Law and BOR Bylaws and Policies
Prohibiting Conflicts of Interest
By Members of the Board of Regents
Focus of Policy
BOR Bylaws II 2
BOR members cannot accept gifts or compensation
BOR Bylaws V 2
BOR members cannot recommend persons for USG employment
BOR Policy Manual 8.2.20
Ethics Policy that includes BOR members
On November 10, 2008, the Board of Regents approved a new ethics policy to which all employees of the University System, including members of the Board of Regents, must adhere. Section 22.214.171.124 Code of Conduct specifically states "Disclose and avoid improper conflicts of interest." To enforce this policy, the Chancellor implemented mandatory training by March 31, 2010. This training is administered electronically and is part of a three-pronged approach the University System is taking to enhance compliance with state and federal regulations and to promote ethical conduct by USG faculty, staff, administrators, vendors, contractors, and members of the Board of Regents.
Example Demonstrating Implementation of Policy
Internally, the BOR Assistant Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs communicates the importance of and process for disclosing any employee transactions with the Sate of Georgia to each institution. In addition, each Regent signs an affidavit confirming that no official action was taken that had a material effect on the individual's private, financial or business interests. The State of Georgia provides a Business Transaction Disclosure Report for each regent that is filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission.