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                                      Statement of Ethical Principles

The primary goal of Oglala Lakota College financial aid professional is to help students achieve their 
educational potential by providing appropriate financial resources.  To this end, this Statement provides 
that the financial aid professional shall:
*   Be committed to removing financial barriers for those who wish to pursue postsecondary 
*   Make every effort to assist students with financial need.
*   Be aware of the issues affecting students and advocate their interests at the institutional, tribal, 
    state, and federal levels.
*   Support efforts to encourage students, as early as the elementary grades, to aspire to and plan 
    for education beyond high school.
*   Educate students and families through quality consumer information.
*   Respect the dignity and protect the privacy of students, and ensure the confidentiality of 
    student records and personal circumstances.
*   Ensure equity by applying all need analysis formulas consistently across the institutionís full 
    population of student financial aid applicants.
*   Provide services that do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual 
    orientation, religion, disability, age, or economic status.
*   Recognize the need for professional development and continuing education opportunities.
*   Promote the free expression of ideas and opinions, and foster respect for diverse viewpoints 
    within the profession.
*   Commit to the highest level of ethical behavior and refrain from conflict of interest or the 
    perception thereof.
*   Maintain the highest level of professionalism, reflecting a commitment to the mission and 
    purposes of Oglala Lakota College.

Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals
Oglala Lakota College financial aid professional is expected to always maintain exemplary standards of 
professional conduct in all aspects of carrying out his or her responsibilities, specifically including all 
dealings with any entities involved in any manner in student financial aid, regardless of whether such 
entities are involved in a government  sponsored, subsidized, or regulated activity.  In doing so, a 
financial aid professional should:
*   Refrain from taking any action for his or her personal benefit.
*   Refrain from taking any action he or she believes is contrary to law, regulation, or the best 
    interests of the students and parents he or she serves.
*   Ensure that the information he or she provides is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any 
    preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.
*   Be objective in making decisions and advising his or her institution regarding relationships with 
    any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.
*   Refrain from soliciting or accepting anything of other than nominal value from any entity (other 
    than an institution of higher education or a governmental entity such as the U.S. Department of 
    Education) involved in the making, holding, consolidating or processing of any student financial 
    aid, including anything of value (including reimbursement of expenses) for serving on an 
    advisory body or as part of a training activity of or sponsored by any such entity.
*   Disclose to his or her institution, in such manner as his or her institution may prescribe, any 
    involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.

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