Policy - 1131 Conflict of Interest - Personal Gain

Acceptable gifts, favors, services, entertainment, food, drink, and honoraria:

A.      No employee or spouse or un-emancipated child of an employee may solicit, accept, or receive, directly or indirectly, any gift, favor, service, entertainment, food, or drink under circumstances in which it can reasonably be inferred that a gift would influence the employee to give special consideration to an action by such employee in his/her official capacity.

B.      This policy shall not prohibit political contributions which are reported in accordance with applicable law. In addition, this policy shall not prohibit contributions which are accepted by Carmel Clay Schools.

C.      Gifts, favors, services, entertainment, food, or drink that exceed an aggregate value in excess of $100 received by an employee in a calendar year from a person desiring to do business or who is doing business with Carmel Clay Schools in which the employee holds an office or position shall be disclosed.

D.      Employee shall accept gifts, favors, services, entertainment, food, or drink that exceed an aggregate value of $250 in any calendar year from a person desiring to do business or is doing business with Carmel Clay Schools. This limit can be waived for a legitimate public purpose. The following shall not be considered a gift, favor, service, entertainment, food, or drink:

Food or drink consumed by an employee during the conduct of official public business or while attending public ceremonies.

Mementos or souvenirs of nominal value received at public ceremonies or commemorating official business.

Invitations or tickets to political fund-raising events or public charitable benefits when used by an employee or a member of his/her immediate family.

Food or drink consumed by an employee in connections with his/her official duties if consumed at a reception or gathering for public or school officials.

Food or drink consumed by an employee or other reasonable courtesies extended to an employee during negotiations or other activities related to an economic development project.

E.       If an honorarium is offered to an employee as payment for a speech or article whose content is derived from that employee's job, the honorarium is considered as a payment for the performance of duties and is not to be accepted. If an honorarium is offered to the employee as payment for a speech or article whose content is based solely upon the employee's personal knowledge or expertise, the employee may accept it.

The "Copyright Agreement Covering an Identified Work" shall be executed between the School Corporation and any employee who plans to author either print or non-print materials.

This rule shall not prohibit political contributions to an employee's political campaign which are reported in accordance with applicable law. In addition, this rule shall not prohibit contributions which are accepted by Carmel Clay Schools.

The provisions herein shall not be interpreted as intending to discourage acts of generosity in unusual situations.

I.C. 35-44.1-1-2

Reviewed 10/25/13