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District School Board of Niagara
Policy Human Resources - General

E-02 Conflict of Interest

Date Jun 2020
Review Jun 2025

The District School Board of Niagara (“DSBN”) is committed to safeguarding the public interest and trust in public education. It is essential that DSBN employees and volunteers maintain high standards of honesty, integrity, impartiality and conduct in the performance of their duties.


Conflict of Interest: A conflict of interest is a situation in which an employee, whether for themselves or for some other person(s), attempts to promote a private or personal interest, which results or could appear to result in:

a) an interference with the mission, vision and values of the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN); and
b) a gain or an advantage by virtue of their position with the DSBN.

Conflicts of interest, whether actual, possible or perceived, may impact on the integrity and public image of the DSBN and public education generally.

Employees and volunteers are responsible and accountable for identifying, reporting and avoiding any situations which may present a potential or actual conflict of interest or be perceived to be a conflict of interest between their personal interests and their official duties and responsibilities as a DSBN employee or volunteer.

Employees and volunteers have a duty to disclose any potential or actual conflicts of interest that could compromise, or be perceived to compromise, their objectivity and judgement to their immediate supervisor and/or directly report to DSBN as soon as they become aware of the conflict. Employees and volunteers who fail to comply with this Policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from employment.