4.4. Initial Appointments and Requirements

4.4.1 Loyalty Oath

4.4.2 Code of Ethics Code of Ethics for Public Service Statement

Each classified position is filled in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Louisiana State Department of Civil Service. Before receiving an appointment, one must first meet the minimum qualification requirements of the position.

When employed by the University, you are required to submit to Human Resources a current application for state employment, an appointment affidavit, disclosure of outside employment, and to subscribe to the Code of Ethics. If veteran’s preference is claimed, a copy of military service discharge papers must be submitted. Human Resources will conduct an employee induction orientation. All necessary forms relating to employment will be completed at this time.

4.4.1 Loyalty Oath

By Act 284 of 1950 of the legislature of the State of Louisiana, all employees of public educational institutions in Louisiana are required to sign a loyalty oath. The loyalty oath is an affirmation that the signer is not a member of any subversive groups, organizations or associations. A copy of the Appointment Affidavit that was read, completed, and signed follows.

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4.4.2 Code of Ethics

A copy of the Code of Ethics for the Public Servant that was read and signed at the beginning of employment appears below. It is the duty and responsibility of each employee to continuously review this code and remain aware of the necessity of maintaining the commitments outlined therein.

Throughout this manual are listed rights and privileges of a Civil Service employee and of an employee of Nicholls State University. With these rights and privileges there must be shared certain responsibilities. Employees are expected to do a satisfactory job and give a full day’s work for a full day’s pay. Employees must obey all rules and devote each working day to performing a full day’s work. Employees are expected to be loyal to their supervisors, to fellow employees and to the University. Nicholls State University expects every employee to display good manners, politeness and courtesy in the fulfilling of duties. Employees should conduct themselves, both on and off the job, in a manner of speech, behavior and dress that is exemplary and above reproach. Matters of a confidential nature known and seen by an employee in the line of duty are to remain confidential.

In addition to Civil Service Rules are rules and policies set and applied by Nicholls State University. Supervisors are obliged to work within the framework of all rules and policies. Each employee is directly responsible to his or her supervisor who will explain organizational policy and procedure of his or her department and of interrelated departments and divisions.

Employee development is encouraged and may be accomplished by self–study, taking college courses for credit or audit, attending seminars, workshops, or university–sponsored training sessions. Each employee should keep Human Resources informed of accomplishments in this area so that this additional training can be documented in the personnel file.

The conscientious, responsible, and loyal employee is important to Nicholls and his or her well–being is a matter of concern. Rights will not be disregarded. Employee efforts and accomplishments are recognized and rewarded whenever possible.

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I agree to abide by and uphold the following principles, ever conscious that public office is a public trust and, as evidence thereof I have signed this code:

  • I will hold loyalty to the highest moral principles and to country above loyalty to persons or to public agencies.
  • I will uphold the Constitution, laws and legal regulations of the government and never be a party to their evasion.
  • I will give a full day’s labor for a full day’s pay, devoting to the performance of my duties my earnest efforts and best thought.
  • I will seek to find and employ more efficient and economical ways of getting tasks accomplished.
  • I will never discriminate unfairly by the dispensing of special favors or privileges to anyone, whether for remuneration or not, and never accept for myself or my family, favors or benefits under circumstances which might be construed by reasonable persons as influencing the performance of my governmental duties.
  • I will make no secret commitments of any kind binding upon the duties of office, since a government employee should have no private work which might conflict with public duty.
  • I will engage in no business with the government, either directly or indirectly, which is inconsistent with the conscientious performance of my public duty.
  • I will never use any information coming to me confidentially in the performance of my governmental duties as a means for making private profit.
  • I will expose corruption wherever discovered.



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