4250 Standards of Ethical Conduct

Original Date: 2/10/1994 * Last Revision Effective: 1/17/2024
Policy Contact: Vice President, Human Resources


Bellevue College is a state agency operated in accordance with Washington state law. To protect the public interest, college employees are obligated to treat their positions as a public trust, using their official powers and duties and the resources of the college only to advance the public interest. This obligation requires that all employees:

  • protect the integrity of the college by being independent and impartial in the exercise of their duties, avoiding the use of their positions for personal gain or private benefit;
  • promote an environment free from fraud, abuse of authority, and misuse of public property;
  • create a work environment that is free from all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment;
  • treat members of the campus community and of the community at large with respect, concern, courtesy, and responsiveness;
  • protect confidential information to which employees have access in the course of their duties.

The board of trustees directs the president to disseminate this policy and to publish the basic principles of RCW 42.52 (the 1994 Ethics Law) to ensure that college employees are aware of their obligations under the law.

Relevant Laws and Other Resources

Revision History

Original 2/10/1994
Revisions 1/16/1996; 5/10/2005; 5/21/2009; 4/7/2015; 1/17/2024

Approved By

Board of Trustees

Last Updated January 18, 2024