CAES: Code of Ethics

Code of Ethics

 

The State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees covers state officials and state employees.  The ethical rules are contained in Connecticut General Statutes sections 1-79 and 1-84 through 1-86.  The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) expects all agency employees to adhere to the provisions of this Code of Ethics.

 

Employees receive a copy of the “Guide to the Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees” at initial employment orientation, and at other times as is necessary or appropriate.  Management assumes that the employee reads and adheres to the Code.  Alleged violations of the State Code of Ethics will subject the employee(s) to investigation and possible disciplinary action.

 

In addition to the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees, the CAES expects all employees to adhere to the following:

 

(a) No employee of the CAES shall willfully or knowingly use or distribute confidential state information or use state equipment (including computers), state assigned vehicles, state identification or badges, or any other state supplies or materials for any purpose other than official state business.

 

Some of the information on regulatory matters received at or in the possession of the agency is confidential.  Employees shall not use any information, whether available from computer printouts, computer terminals, investigative or client records, microfiches, microfilms, or any other source, except when directly connected to the administration of agency services and program activities.  Requests under the Freedom of Information Act should be forwarded to the director of the CAES.

 

(b) No employee of the CAES shall willfully or knowingly use his/her position in this agency to enable himself/herself, family members or friends to benefit from departmental programs or services where an identical benefit or opportunity is not open, available or provided to the general public.

 

(c) No employee of the CAES shall willfully or knowingly, in the role of his/her position or position duties and responsibilities, either individually or as a member of a group, directly or indirectly, solicit or accept any gift or gratuity from any person, group, business or organization that is a recipient of services from departmental programs or an applicant for such services.

 

Any such gift or gratuity received must be refused, returned, or turned over to the employee’s supervising manager for appropriate administrative action, so as not to benefit the employee or create the appearance of a conflict with, or appearance of influencing the performance of the employee’s duties at the CAES.  The only exception recognized is for items that are open, available and/or provided to the general public or that have negligible monetary value (e.g., a soda, a coffee or a Danish) or gifts received directly from immediate family members, blood relatives or relatives-in-law.  Any question regarding either what types of items are acceptable and/or what types of items are not acceptable should be directed to the agency’s Ethics Liaison Officer, Michael P. Last at (203) 974-8442.

 

(d) No employee of the CAES shall willfully or knowingly, in the role of his/her position or position responsibilities, either individually or as a member of a group, directly or indirectly, solicit or accept any gift or gratuity from any person or organization with whom he/she has had a financial, business or professional relationship since it could cause or create the appearance of a conflict with, or an appearance of influencing, the performance of the employee’s duties at the CAES.

 

Any such gift or gratuity received must be refused, returned, or turned over to the employee’s supervising manager for appropriate administrative action, so as not to benefit the employee or create the appearance of a conflict with, or appearance of influencing, the performance of the employee’s duties at the CAES.  The only exception recognized is for identical items that are open, available and/or provided to the general public or that have negligible monetary value (e.g., a soda, a coffee or a Danish).  Any question regarding either what types of items are acceptable and/or what types of items are not acceptable should be directed to the agency’s Ethics Liaison Officer, Michael P. Last at (203) 974-8442.

 

(e)  It is the policy of the CAES that any of its employees who are engaged or may be engaged in an employment relationship or business partnership with another person, firm, organization, business entity or corporation must notify the agency’s Ethics Liaison Officer, Michael P. Last, in writing at: CAES, 123 Huntington Street, P. O. Box 1106, New Haven, CT 06504, e-mail Michael.Last@ct.gov, or Fax at (203) 974-8502, of their prospective or actual employment or business partnership with such person, firm, organization, business entity or corporation.

 

The written notification will provide an opportunity for further review by agency officials and/or the Office of State Ethics of the degree of potential conflict of interest, if any, and permit appropriate actions where necessary.

 

(f) No employee of the CAES shall willfully or knowingly allow any private obligation or employment or enterprise to take precedence over his/her responsibility to the State of Connecticut and to the CAES.

 

(g) Any expenses received for an employee’s travel, workshop, conference, seminar, or speaking engagement attendance, which is offered by any non-government agency, group, business or professional organization, or individual(s) must be reported immediately to the Office of State Ethics.

 

(h) The CAES will make every good faith effort to ensure that any and all individuals, licensees, vendors, businesses, groups, organizations and other parties doing business with, seeking to or receiving business contracts or the services of the agency, are aware of the CAES Ethics Policy which prohibits CAES employees from accepting gifts or gratuities, financial benefit or outside employment directly connected to CAES administrative and research/outreach program activities.  Each and every employee should make every effort to also convey this information to the above-referenced parties at such time of their interaction with the parties.

 

The aforementioned Ethics Policies and Provisions apply to all employees of the CAES, and it shall be the responsibility of each employee to be familiar with them and to comply with them.  Agency employees will be asked to sign a statement indicating their receipt of this Policy and may be asked to sign a statement indicating that there is no violation of the State of Connecticut and/or the CAES Code of Ethics or policies.

 

Evidence of non-compliance or violation of the agency’s Ethics Policies may subject the employee(s) to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from State service.

 

Questions concerning the agency’s Ethics Policies may be directed to:

 

Michael Last, Ethics Liaison Officer

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

P. O. Box 1106

New Haven, CT 06504

E-mail:  Michael.Last@ct.gov

Telephone:  (203) 974-8442

 

Questions about the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees may be directed to:

 

Office of State Ethics

18-20 Trinity Street

Hartford, CT 06106-1660

E-mail:  www.ethics.state.ct.us

Telephone:  (860) 566-4472





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