Code of Ethics
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Center for Workforce Development (CWD) abides by a Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals. The code requires an institutional financial aid professional to always maintain exemplary standards of professional conduct in all aspects of carrying out his or her responsibilities, including all dealings with any entities involved in any manner in student financial aid, regardless of whether such entities are involved in a government sponsored, subsidized, or regulated activity. The majority of the code is based upon guidelines promulgated by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).
The Financial Aid staff (and staff in related functions) are bound by the following:
CODE OF CONDUCT:
- All employees within the Financial Aid Office will treat all individuals (including students, students’ family members, co-workers, and the public) with respect, concern, and courtesy.
- The privacy rights of students and parents will be carefully guarded in accordance with school and departmental policies.
- Financial Aid staff will never discriminate in the administration of the aid programs or any other professional activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.
- No action will be taken by financial aid staff that is for their personal benefit or could be perceived to be a conflict of interest.
- Employees within the financial aid office will not award aid to themselves or their immediate family members. Staff will reserve this task to an institutionally designated person, to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
- Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Center for Workforce Development will not institute or distribute a “preferred lender list” or other similar document.
- A borrower’s choice of a lender will not be denied, impeded, or unnecessarily delayed by the school.
- No amount of cash, gift, or benefit in excess of a de minimis amount shall be accepted by a financial aid staff member from any financial aid applicant (or his/her family), or from any entity doing business with or seeking to do business with the institution.
- All information provided by the Financial Aid Office will be accurate, unbiased, and will not reflect preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.
- Institutional award notifications (Financial Aid Award Letters) shall include the following:
- A breakdown of individual components of the institution’s Cost of Attendance, designating all potential billable charges.
- Clear identification of each award, indicating type of aid, (i.e. grant, scholarship, work, or loan).
- Standard terminology and definitions.
- Renewal requirements for each award, if any.
- All required consumer information is displayed in a prominent location on the institutional website and in any printed materials, easily identified and found, and labeled as “Consumer Information.”
- Financial aid staff will disclose to Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Center for Workforce Development any involvement, interest in, or potential conflict of interest with any entity with which the BOCES’ has a business relationship.
Financial Aid staff will immediately disclose to the Director of the Center for Workforce Development any student loan/parent loan default or delinquency, allegation or conviction of fraud (including fraud with federal funds), debarment from financial aid administration by ED, or other personal situation which might limit or call into question the staff member’s ability to administer federal financial aid.