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Policy 1-2-1: Nevada Ethics in Government Law

WNC Policy 1-2-1
Procedure: Nevada Ethics in Government Law
Policy No.: 1-2-1
Department: President's Office
Contact: President's Office

WNC employees will abide by the Nevada Ethics in Government Law, Code of Ethical Standards.

  • Section 1: Statement
    • A. ...Amendments to the Nevada Ethics in Government Law took effect October 1, 1991. Three prohibitions in the Code of Ethical Standards (NRS 281A) which have a potential impact on employees of the NSHE are:
      • 1. A public officer or employee shall not accept any salary, retainer, augmentation, expense allowance or other compensation from any private source for the performance of his duties as a public officer or employee.
      • 2. A public officer or employee, other than a member of the legislature, shall not use governmental time, property, equipment or other facilities to benefit his personal or financial interest.
      • 3. A public officer or employee shall not seek other employment or contracts through the use of his official position.
    • B. The term "compensation," as used in paragraph 1 quoted above, is defined by the statute as "any money, thing of value or economic benefit conferred on or received by any person in return for services rendered, personally or by another."
    • C. Willful violations of the law are punishable by civil fines or up to $5,000 and/or repayment of any compensation or benefit received in violation of the law.
    • D. In addition, the law provides: "A Public officer or public employee shall not accept or receive an honorarium."
    • E. An "honorarium" is defined in the law as "the payment of money or anything of value for an appearance or speech by the public officer or public employee in his capacity as a public officer or public employee..." The term does not include travel or per diem expenses, nor is the receipt of an honorarium prohibited if it is paid to a charitable organization on behalf of the public officer or employee.
Date Adopted and Dates Revised
Date Adopted October 2, 1991 Dates Revised September 2, 2008; May 11, 2004
NSHE and NRS Codes
NSHE Code Reference NSHE Board of Regents Handbook
NRS Code NRS 281.481
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