As public servants for the State of Louisiana, members of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors are subject to the laws of the state which govern their conduct and responsibilities. The State Code of Governmental Ethics
addresses ethical standards for public servants particularly as they relate to monetary influences, gifts, nepotism, and influencing actions from other governmental sources.
As indicated in Comprehensive Standard 3.2.3, Code 1101.B. of the State Code of Governmental Ethics states the following:
It is essential to the proper operation of democratic government that elected officials and public employees be independent and impartial; that governmental decisions and policy be made in the proper channel of the government structure; that public office and employment not be used for private gain other than the remuneration provided by law; and that there be public confidence in the integrity of government. The attainment of one or more of these ends is impaired when a conflict exists between the private interests of an elected official or a public employee and his duties as such.
However, it is not only the statutory requirements for the accountability of public officials that limits the possibility of undue influence. Undue influence from external constituencies of all types is further limited by the mechanisms for appointment of the supervisors, the state's requirements for open meetings, and the fact that the Board publishes the agenda for all meetings in advance and also publishes the minutes from meetings. Board By-laws Part One, Section I specify that members are appointed with respect to geographic diversity, two members from each congressional district and one member from the state at large. A student Board member is also appointed. The Governor's recommendations for appointment must be confirmed by the State Senate. Overlapping terms also serve to diminish the influence of any one Board member or faction. The members freely elect the Chair of the Board as specified in Section II. No member of the Board may hold a Board office for any more than two consecutive one-year terms. Section VIII specifies that all Board members must undergo orientation and continuing professional development. Policy and Procedures Memorandum B.VIII.-1 further specifies that the orientation include a review of state ethics.
Meetings occur on a regular basis and in an open forum as specified in Section III of the Board By-laws. A quorum is required for any business by the Board and an official vote is recorded for any action. Opportunity is provided for public comments at all Board meetings in accordance with Section III.