Chapter 3357:10-1 Adoption of Policies; Policy on Ethics

3357:10-1-20 Policy adoption.

(A) Adoption and promulgation of college rules or policies is the prerogative of the Marion technical college board of trustees. The college president may make administrative policy decisions in the absence of stated board policy, as authorized by the board.

(B) Adoption of policy recommendations shall be dependent upon consistency with the college mission and other college-wide parameters, economic desirability, and quality of improved service to students.

(C) The president shall establish the necessary administrative procedures for the implementation of this rule.

Effective: 3/26/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357.09
Rule Amplifies: 3357.09

3357:10-1-30 College closing.

In the event of inclement weather or other emergency conditions that create a safety concern or affects the college's ability to maintain operations, the president has the responsibility and authority to close the college or delay class(es).

The president shall establish procedures to implement this rule.

Effective: 3/26/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357.09
Rule Amplifies: 3357.09

3357:10-1-42 Non-smoking and tobacco use.

(A) Definitions.

(1) "Using tobacco" or "tobacco use" means inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any device intended for burning tobacco or otherwise ingesting nicotine, including but not limited to a lit cigar, lit cigarette, lit pipe, or electronic cigarettes, or chewing tobacco, or snorting tobacco, or otherwise ingesting any form of tobacco.

(2) "Tobacco" is defined as all tobacco-derived or containing products, including but not limited to, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, blunts, pipes, bidis, hookahs, chewing tobacco, dip, smokeless tobacco, snuff, nasal tobacco or any other items containing or reasonably resembling tobacco or tobacco products (e.g., herbs, other non-tobacco substances). It does not include any nicotine replacement therapy product intended for the purpose of cessation.

(B) Marion technical college recognizes the need to create and maintain an environmental quality that sustains and enhances the general health and well-being of its faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

(C) The college prohibits smoking and tobacco use in all buildings and vehicles owned, leased, or operated by the college, and in outdoor areas within twenty-five feet of college buildings.

(D) Any employee, student, or visitor of the college who violates this policy will be asked to cease their use of tobacco or move to an area where tobacco use is permitted.

(E) Any individual who refuses to comply with the request will be asked to leave college property. In addition, the college reserves the right to administer sanctions to any employee or student found in violation of this policy by referral through the appropriate college disciplinary process.

(F) Compliance with this policy is mandatory. All employees and students have a collective responsibility to promote the safety and health of the campus community and therefore share in the responsibility of enforcement. Those using tobacco are expected to show consideration for the health and safety of others at all times.

Effective: 3/26/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357.09
Rule Amplifies: 3357.09

3357:10-1-70 Ethics policy.

(A) It is policy of the Marion technical college (the "college") board of trustees (the "board") to carry out its mission in accordance with the strictest ethical guidelines and to ensure that members of the board and employees of the college conduct themselves in a manner that fosters public confidence in the integrity of the board, the college, and its employees, processes, and accomplishments.

(B) General standards of ethical conduct.

(1) The board and employees must, at all times, abide by protections to the public embodied in Ohio's ethics laws, as found in Chapters 102. and 2921. of the Revised Code, and as interpreted by the Ohio ethics commission and Ohio courts.

Within fifteen days after a college official or employee begins the performance of official duties, the college shall furnish the official or employee a copy of Chapter 102. and section 2921.42 of the Revised Code, and may furnish such other materials prepared by the Ohio ethics commission, as appropriate. The official or employee shall acknowledge their receipt in writing. This requirement does not apply at the time of reappointment or reelection.

(2) Board members and employees must conduct themselves, at all times, in a manner that avoids favoritism, bias, and the appearance of impropriety.

(3) A general summary of the restraints upon the conduct of all board members and employees includes, but is not limited to, those listed below. No board member or employee shall:

(a) Solicit or accept anything of value from anyone doing business with the college;

(b) Solicit or accept employment from anyone doing business with the college, unless the official or employee completely withdraws from board activity regarding the party offering employment, and the board approves the withdrawal;

(c) Use his or her public position to obtain benefits for the official or employee, a family member, or anyone with whom the official or employee has a business or employment relationship;

(d) Be paid or accept any form of compensation for personal services rendered on a matter before, or sells goods or services to, the college;

(e) Be paid or accept any form of compensation for personal services rendered on a matter before, or sell (except by competitive bid) goods or services to, any state agency other than the college, unless the board member or employee first discloses the services or sales and withdraws from matters before the board of trustees that directly affect officials and employees of the other state agency, as directed in section 102.04 of the Revised Code;

(f) Hold or benefit from a contract with, authorized by, or approved by, the board of trustees, (the ethics law does except some limited stockholdings, and some contracts objectively shown as the lowest cost services, where all criteria under section 2921.42 of the Revised Code are met);

(g) Vote, authorize, recommend, or in any other way use his or her position to secure approval of a contract with the college (including employment or personal services) in which the official or employee, a family member, or anyone with whom the official or employee has a business or employment relationship, has an interest;

(h) Solicit or accept honoraria (see division (H) of section 102.01 and 102.03 of the Revised Code);

(i) During public service, and for one year after leaving public service, represent any person, in any fashion, before any public agency, with respect to a matter in which the official or employee personally participated while serving with the college;

(j) Use or disclose confidential information protected by law, unless appropriately authorized; or

(k) Use, or authorize the use of, his or her title, the name "Marion Technical College," or "MTC," or the college logo in a manner that suggests impropriety, favoritism, or bias by the college or the official or employee;

(4) For purposes of this policy:

(a) "Anything of value" includes anything of monetary value, including, but not limited to, money, gifts, food or beverages, social event tickets and expenses, travel expenses, golf outings, consulting fees, compensation, or employment. "Value" means worth greater than de minimis or nominal.

(b) "Anyone doing business with the college" includes, but is not limited to, any person, corporation, or other party that is doing or seeking to do business with, regulated by, or has interests before the board of trustees of Marion technical college.

(C) Financial disclosure. Every board member or employee required to file a financial disclosure statement must file a complete and accurate statement with the Ohio ethics commission by April fifteenth of each year. Any member or employee appointed, or employed to a filing position after February fifteenth and required to file a financial disclosure statement must file a statement within ninety days of appointment or employment.

(D) Assistance. The Ohio ethics commission is available to provide advice and assistance regarding the application of the ethics law and related statutes.

(E) Penalties. Failure of any college official or employee to abide by this policy, or to comply with the ethics law and related statutes, will result in discipline, which may include dismissal, as well as any potential civil or criminal sanctions under the law.

(F) Changes. Only a majority vote of the board of trustees may change this policy.

Effective: 3/26/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3357.09
Rule Amplifies: 3357.09