Standard 6

Middle States Accreditation

Standard 6: Integrity

In the conduct of its programs and activities involving the public and the constituencies it serves, the institution demonstrates adherence to ethical standards and its own stated policies, providing support for academic and intellectual freedom.


1) To what extent does the College comply with requirements and best practices in financial accountability and transparency, conflicts of interest, and fair treatment of employees and students?

Evidence of Financial Accountability and Transparency:

  1. Audit Statement
  2. Debt Management 
  3. Investment Policy
  4. Independent External Auditing Reports - (Contact Mike Wood)
  5. BOT Internal Auditor & Audit Committee (scroll down to Audit Committee) 
  6. BOT Meeting Operational Summary Report
  7. Financial Aid Reports (scroll down to sixth chart)
  8. IRS Statements - SASI and Foundation 990's  (3.1.4)
  9. Request for Approval of Events - Begins pg. 5
  10. Yearly Budget to New Jersey -  (Contact Mike Wood)
  11. Annual Divisional Program Reviews: (1.1.4)
    • Academic Affairs, Administration and Finance, Student Affairs, Development and External Affairs 
  12. New Employee Orientation

Evidence of Conflict of Interest:

   13.  The following evidence is located at Affirmative Action and Ethical Obligations (5.2.1) webpage: 

a. Plain Language - NJ Conflicts of Interest
b. Principles of Ethical Conduct Guide
c. Uniform Ethics Codes
d. Scholarly Capacity Rule Impact Statements
e. Outside Activity Questionnaire form
f. Conflict of Interest Certification -Supervisory
g. Scholarly Capacity Disclosure Form
h. Personal and Business Relationships Disclosure form - Purchasing
i. Executive Order 14 Conflicts of Interest Form - BOT Disclosure
j. Financial Disclosure for Public Employees - College President (broken link)
k. Ethics Intranet Complaint Form

Evidence of Fair Treatment of Employees:

   14.  Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace 
   15.  Procedures for Internal Complaints Alleging Discrimination in the workplace
   16.  Discrimination Complaint Processing Form DPF-481(Employee/Job Applicant) 
   17. Conformance with Union Contracts, AFT, CWA, IFPTE and PBA (4.1.5) and HR Web site - also Contact Natalie Havran, Office of Human Resources
   18. Campus Conduct Code - Student Handbook pages 81-98 and Faculty Handbook

Evidence of Fair Treatment of Students:

   19. Internal Complaint Procedure and Code of Conduct - Student Handbook pages 78 -98 and 
         Academic Honesty  
    20. Guide to Residential Life website
    21. FERPA Guidelines
    22. Sexual Assault victim bill of rights 18A:61E
    23. Policy Prohibiting Discrimination for Academics/Education
    24. Compliance with ADA Guidelines
    25. Student Waitlist Facts

2) How effective, accurate and timely are the College’s communications to its constituent groups, including prospective students, regarding changes and issues affecting institutional mission, goals, sites, academic and other programs, course availability, graduation and retention rates, passage rates on licensing examinations, and other important information?      

Evidence of College's communications:

  1. Mission Statement, Vision/Goals 2020, 2020 Strategic Plan (See Standard 1 Question 1 evidences 1,2,3)
  2. Facilities Planning/Construction Sites
  3. Academic Schools - Main Page 
  4. Other Programs - Honors, Research Opportunities, Continuing Education, Distance Learning, Service Learning, Career Development, Library
  5. Office of the Registrar Course Availability
  6. Graduation and Retention Rates (2.3.3)
  7. Pass rates on licensing examinations: Licensure Pass Rates for Accounting, Nursing '09=94.5%, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy  and Teacher Education 
  8. Other Information:
    a. Emergency Procedures, Text Messaging and Safety Information
    b. Computer/Technology Resources
    c. College and Current Events
    d. Go Portal
  9. Academic Freedom in the Statewide Agreement