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168 Days: Ethics, Part 2

By Ken Snyder

Just to refresh your memory -- from the original "Ethics?" page:

As of the time I originally wrote this page (7 January 2011) I had not heard any more regarding the Ethics Commission's investigation.

UPDATE (1/23/2011): I sent an e-mail to the Ethics Administrator, asking if I could meet with him and relate information gathered since I sent him the packet. His response was that he knew that this was being investigated by the Department of Labor and would not "intervene" and forwarded my e-mail to the UG legal counsel and DeLeon for their comments. We'll see what becomes of this.

Which brings us to what I read today (2/16/2011):
Ethicsplural noun (from Dictionary.com):
1. (used with a singular or plural verb) A system of moral principles: the ethics of a culture.
2. The rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: medical ethics; Christian ethics.
3. Moral principles, as of an individual: His ethics forbade betrayal of a confidence.
4. (usually used with a singular verb) That branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.

From what I've come to understand, and from the reaction of certain people, it's apparent we have two seemingly different things we're talking about. There's ethics, and then there's BPU ethics. Ethics, as listed above, would appear to be applied to all equally. However, BPU ethics only apply to the employee side -- you know: who gives you a gift, who you're related to, and where you sleep. It's perfectly OK for BPU to conduct "secret evaluations," base judgments on these evaluations, not reveal anything about these evaluations and ultimately fire someone based on these evaluations -- all that's perfectly OK.

The more I see regarding BPU's "ethics commission" the more I believe they are someone's good intention that has been infected by the same "look the other way" mentality as the rest of the people involved in my termination. Lately they have began an inquisition into employees related to other employees. However, bring FACTS to them about something happening right under their nose and all they can do is forward it right back up the same chain that gave birth to it in the first place -- and we've already seen how they have dealt with this. Here's my proof:

One thing's for sure: you have BPU ethics, and then you have integrity. The first only applies to how employees treat the BPU, and when it comes to BPU, the second doesn't seem to exist.


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