Code of Conduct & Ethics

The Code of Conduct for Members of the UBC Board of Governors defines standards and makes related provisions for the conduct of Governors, with a view to affirming the integrity of the Governors and the Board in discharging their responsibilities to the University.

The Board of Governors manages the property, revenue, business, and affairs of UBC as set forth in the University Act.  Each Governor is subject to the duties and standard of care that are required under the University Act and at common law.  Nothing in the Code is intended to have the effect of replacing or modifying any obligation or liability imposed upon a Governor in law or equity.

Governors act honestly and in good faith and in the best interests of the University and exercise the care, diligence and skill of a reasonably prudent person.

Each Governor takes all reasonable steps to avoid conflicts of interest and uses their best personal judgment in assessing whether or not any transaction, relationship or opportunity involving the Governor (or a person whom is a ‘Related Person’ to the Governor) gives rise to a conflict of interest.

The Code of Conduct is posted on the Office of the University Counsel website (Guidelines/Rules section)

It is the responsibility of the Board of Governors to:

1. Approve and monitor, through the Administration, compliance with the policies, bylaws and procedures that govern the University operations.
2. Approve and act as a guardian of the University’s values.
3. Direct the Administration to ensure that the University operates at all times within applicable laws and regulations, and to the highest ethical and moral standards.

The Board of Governors shall promote a culture of integrity at the University through its own actions, its interaction with senior executives and external parties, and through selection and review of the President.

Each Governor shall act in the highest ethical manner and with integrity in all professional dealings.

Governors are also bound by provincial General Conduct Principles for Public Appointees.