8.6 Gifts- SUPERCEDED
|Original Approval Date:
||June 8, 1995
|Date of Most Recent Review/Revision:
||December 12, 2007
|Office of Accountability:
||Office of the President
This policy has been replaced by 8.1 Conflict of Interest Policy
I. It is recognized that the university benefits from its employees establishing useful contacts with other organizations, and as a rule, the university likes to encourage such contacts and facilitate their development. This all must be done, however, within the bounds of acceptable behaviour and propriety. These contacts must not be allowed to impede the objectivity of employees and create a conflicting obligation of an employee contrary to the obligation of the employee to the university.
II. Gifts and favours valued in excess of two hundred and fifty dollars must not be accepted from, or given (utilizing university funds or facilities) to business and other acquaintances. Gifts and favours include tokens of appreciation, entertainment, travel, services for personal use, reduced prices for goods and/or services for personal use, and work done for the employee at home or elsewhere.
III. While moderate hospitality is an accepted courtesy of a business relationship, recipients should not allow themselves to get into a position where they might be (or might be deemed to have been) influenced in making a business decision as a consequence of accepting such hospitality. Therefore, the frequency and scale of accepted hospitality should not be significantly greater than the university would be likely to provide in return.
IV. The consistent adherence to this policy should assure that all employees will act within the bounds of propriety and the normal expression of courtesy, and consequently the integrity of neither the university nor its employees would be compromised.
A. Gift and hospitality expenditures must be processed by completing either a Wilfrid Laurier University "Cheque Requisition" form, or a Wilfrid Laurier University "Meeting Expense" form.
B. Should members of the Laurier community be in doubt with regard to a particular situation, it is expected that they bring the matter to the attention of their supervisors for consultation and advice.