Effective: July 16, 2019
Last Reviewed: December 27, 2022
Last Revision: March 15, 2023

Purpose and Intent 

Trustees should embody the highest ethical standards in dealing with the community and CWI. Trustees should abide by Idaho Code, regulations, and policies applicable to them in their capacity as members of the Board. Further, Trustees should act in the best interests of the College and not their own self- interest. The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for identifying and resolving conflict of interest situations. 


A Trustee should not participate in any Board discussion, decision or action where the Trustee has a conflict of interest unless the conflict has been fully disclosed and resolved pursuant to applicable law, including but not limited to I.C. § § 74-401, et seq. 

For purposes of this policy and as defined by I.C. § 74-403, a “Conflict of interest” means any official action or any decision or recommendation by a person acting in a capacity as a public official, the effect of which would be to the private pecuniary benefit of the person or a member of the person’s household, or a business with which the person or a member of the person’s household is associated, unless the pecuniary benefit arises out of the following; 

  1. An interest or membership in a particular business, industry, occupation or class required by law as a prerequisite to the holding by the person of the office or position;
  2. Any action in the person’s official capacity which would affect to the same degree a class consisting of an industry or occupation group in which the person, or a member of the person’s household or business with which the person is associated, is a member or is engaged;
  3. Any interest which the person has by virtue of his profession, trade or occupation where his interest would be affected to the same degree as that of a substantial group or class of others similarly engaged in the profession, trade, or occupation;
  4. Any action by a public official upon any revenue measure, any appropriation measure or any measure imposing a tax, when similarly situated members of the general public are affected by the outcome of the action in a substantially similar manner and degree.

“Members of a Household” means the Trustee’s spouse and dependent children and/or any other person whom the Trustee is legally obligated to support.