MPSA Council Member’s Code of Conduct
Approved 9/28/2008; Revisions Approved 8/30/2019)
a member of the Council of the Midwest Political Science Association (“MPSA”),
I recognize that I owe a fiduciary duty of care to the MPSA. This includes a
duty of confidentiality. All information and documentation that I receive from
MPSA and others in connection with my service on the Council will be treated
with strict confidentiality. Neither the contents nor the existence of this
information or documentation will be shared with anyone other than the
officers, directors, employees, and attorneys of the MPSA. I will direct any
questions regarding my confidentiality obligations to the MPSA’s Executive
Director or President.
Conflicts of Interest
a member of the MPSA Council, I recognize that I owe a fiduciary duty of
loyalty to the MPSA. This duty requires me to avoid conflicts of interest and
to act at all times in the best interests of the MPSA. The purpose of the
conflicts of interest policy (set forth below) is to help inform Council members
about what constitutes a conflict of interest, assist Council members in
identifying and disclosing actual and potential conflicts, and help ensure the
avoidance of conflicts of interest where necessary. This policy may be applied
to individual Council members as described below:
members have a fiduciary duty to conduct themselves without conflict to the
interests of the MPSA. In their capacity as Council members, they must
subordinate personal, individual business, third-party, and other interests to
the welfare and best interests of the MPSA.
conflict of interest is a transaction or relationship which presents or may
present a conflict between a Council member’s obligations to the MPSA and the
Council member’s personal, business or other interests.
- Not all
conflicts of interest are necessarily prohibited or harmful to the MPSA.
However, full disclosure of all actual and potential conflicts, and a
determination by the MPSA Executive Committee (composed of the President,
immediate past President, and President Elect) – with the interested Council
member(s) recused from participating in debates and voting on the matter – are
actual and potential conflicts of interests shall be disclosed by Council
members to the MPSA Executive Committee through the annual disclosure form
and/or whenever a conflict arises. The disinterested members of the MPSA
Executive Committee shall make a determination as to whether a conflict exists
and what subsequent action is appropriate (if any). The MPSA Executive
Committee shall inform the Council of such determination and action. The Council
shall retain the right to modify or reverse such determination and action and
shall retain the ultimate enforcement authority with respect to the
interpretation and application of this policy.
- On an
annual basis, all Council members shall be provided with a copy of this policy
and required to complete and sign the acknowledgment and disclosure form below.
All completed forms shall be provided to and reviewed by the MPSA Executive
Committee, as well as all other conflict information, if any, provided by
Prohibition Against Harassment and Discrimination
The MPSA strives to maintain an environment which
provides equal opportunity to all persons, and that is free from illegal
discrimination and harassment. Complaints alleging illegal discrimination and
harassment on the part of Council members toward another member of the
association will be investigated promptly by the Committee on Professional
Ethics (COPE). Any MPSA Council member or officer who, after an investigation,
is found to have engaged in illegal discriminatory or harassing conduct towards
another member of the association is subject to correctional measures as
determined by COPE. Investigations will be handled as confidentially as
possible, in order to conduct a thorough investigation.
- Council members are expected to exercise the duties and responsibilities of their
positions with integrity, collegiality, and care. This includes:
- Making attendance
at all meetings of the Council a high priority.
- Being prepared to
discuss the issues and business on the agenda, having read all background
material relevant to the topics at hand.
- Cooperating with
and respecting the opinions of fellow Council members, and leaving personal
prejudices out of all Council discussions, as well as supporting actions of the
Council even when the Council member personally did not support the action
- Representing the MPSA
in a positive and supportive manner at all times and in all places.
- Showing respect
courteous conduct in all Council and committee meetings.
Disclose Actual or Potential Conflicts of Interest