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Office of General Counsel - Ethics

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Ethics

For information on the State Government Ethics Act, Lobbying Law, advisory opinions, forms and training calendar, please go to the Ethics Commision web site at: http://www.ethicscommission.nc.gov

For a copy of Executive Order 24 that prohibits gifts from vendors to State employees, please go to the Governor's web site at: http://www.governor.state.nc.us/NewsItems/ExecutiveOrderDetail.aspx?newsItemID=665

For a copy of Executive Order 34 that outlines the ethics and attendance standards for gubernatorial appointees, please go to the Governor's web site at: http://www.governor.state.nc.us/NewsItems/ExecutiveOrderDetail.aspx?newsItemID=816

For a copy of Executive Order 35 that outlines the ethics standards for certain boards including the Energy Council, Forestry Council, and State Water Infrastructure Council, please go to the Governor's web site at: http://www.governor.nc.gov/NewsItems/ExecutiveOrderDetail.aspx?newsItemID=817

Unacceptable personal conduct is described in DENR's Disciplinary Procedure as follows:

  1. conduct for which no reasonable person should expect to receive prior warnings;
  2. job-related conduct which constitutes a violation of state or federal law;
  3. conviction of a felony or an offense involving moral turpitude that is detrimental to or impacts the employee's service to the state;
  4. the willful violation of known or written work rules;
  5. conduct unbecoming a state employee that is detrimental to state service.
  6. Unauthorized absence from work after all authorized leave credits and benefits have been exhausted; or
  7. falsification of a state application or other employment documentation.



 

Examples of Unacceptable Personal Conduct:

  1. Insubordination (defined as willful failure or refusal to carry out a reasonable order from an authorized supervisor.)
  2. Violation of criminal statute on premises or in conjunction with work which adversely affects the employee's ability to perform his or her duties (using or selling illegal drugs at the work site).
  3. Misuse of state property (use of state equipment for a non-state purpose) and willful or reckless abuse of state equipment, state vehicles or state monies (illegal use of telephone, unauthorized use of credit card, reckless driving in a state vehicle).
  4. Violation of criminal statute not on premises but where conduct adversely impacts ability to do work (conviction of a social worker for child abuse; conviction of a courier driver for DWI).
  5. Patient, client, resident and student abuse as defined by agency policy.
  6. Sexual harassment as defined by State and Department policy.
  7. Unauthorized practice of professional services.
  8. Intoxication or drug impairment while at work.
  9. Willful disclosure of confidential information.
  10. Fighting or instigating a fight in the workplace.
  11. Excessive use of abusive language in the workplace.
  12. Conflict of interest or self-dealing.
  13. Failure to follow call-in policy or to report for work as scheduled.
  14. Willful failure to obtain approval before engaging in secondary employment.
  15. Failure to report abuse or neglect.
  16. Willful or habitual violation of safety, health or security rules or regulations.
  17. Failure to follow procedure for signing out equipment.
  18. Sleeping on the job.



 

 

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