Interactive Ethics Training
ACE has issued 14 Opinions to help guide employees in
making the most ethical decisions.
To view the entire Opinion click on the highlighted
text and it will link you to the ACE Opinion site.
Opinion 1 - The
TDCJ Advisory Council on Ethics
has been asked to consider whether a state agency, The Texas Department
of Criminal Justice, can hire one specific individual for a position
that was apparently created for that person and whose hiring has
appearance of being for political purposes.
Opinion 2 - Should
a Correctional Officer avoid
using force in a potentially violent situation with an offender when the
use of force could have been justified?
Opinion 3 - When
is it appropriate for a TDCJ
trainer to conduct private training? Who can the audience be? Can a
trainer present a course that they train as part of their job? Does it
matter if the lesson plan from work is re-created? How (when, where) can
a trainer solicit business? May a trainer use any information from
courses they train at TDCJ, or from courses trained by others in TDCJ?
Opinion 6 - What
is the position on a person who
is furnished State housing as part of his job, renting rooms in the
house to other people? What is the position regarding people who are
supplied State housing living in the house with someone of the opposite
sex to whom they are not married? What is the position on someone whose
job description does not call for State housing continuing to occupy
Opinion 7 - An
employee submitted a question
regarding the use of State vehicles, and wanted to know if it was
appropriate for a Chain-Bus to be utilized for delivery of toys
collected for the Toys for Tots charity drive. The employee felt it was
inappropriate but wished for ACE to issue an opinion.
Opinion 8 - Should
a TDCJ employee, who's job
description includes the negotiation and signing of contracts with
outside businesses for goods or services, accept an invitation to a
social function or entertainment offered as a result of that business
Opinion 9 - If
a Senior Warden and his wife are
not allowed to work on the same unit, is it ethical for a Senior Warden
to date an employee that is on his shift?
Opinion 10 - The
Advisory Council on Ethics
received a question regarding a TDCJ employee who, while on state time,
engaged in charitable activity on behalf of another TDCJ employee who
was ill and hospitalized. The writer questioned whether it was
appropriate for a significant amount of state time, as well as state
supplies and equipment, to be used in this way.
Opinion 11 - Can
Texas Department of Criminal
Justice employees run for elective office?
Opinion 12 - An
employee asked, "Are there
guidelines in employee rules of conduct relating to wearing an Avon pin
or handing out books and samples at work?"
Opinion 13 - An
"Is it ethical for me to bring a personal disk to work, put clip
art files on the disk from my computer, and take it home for personal
Opinion 14 - The
Advisory Council on Ethics received a question regarding the use of state
resources and offender labor for remodeling of a state-issued house.
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