The BOCES Board expects officers and employees of the BOCES to
fulfill the public’s trust and to conduct themselves in an honorable
manner, abiding by all BOCES policies and regulations and by all
applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
However, when BOCES officers or employees know or have reasonable
cause to believe that serious instances of wrongful conduct have
occurred, they should report such wrongful conduct to the District
Superintendent or the Board. For purposes of this policy, the term
“wrongful conduct” shall be defined to include:
- theft of BOCES money, property, or resources;
- misuse of authority for personal gain or other non-district
- violations of applicable federal and state laws and
- serious violations of BOCES policy, regulation, and/or
Process for reporting allegations:
- Refer to
Policy #9645 Disclosure of Wrongful Conduct.
- This policy and procedure for reporting allegations will be
shared with all staff via the BOCES Insider
on an annual basis.
- This procedure will also be accessible on the
Capital Region BOCES website under
“Reporting Fraud: Employees” in the “Board of Education”
- This procedure describes the process for reporting and
investigating allegations of fraud related to financial
improprieties or wrongful conduct occurring within
Capital Region BOCES.
- In the event an employee suspects financial improprieties or
wrongful conduct, that employee may report anonymously to the
School Attorney by submitting a claim
in writing to:
- Michele Handzel, School
900 Watervliet-Shaker Rd.
Albany, NY 12205
- For privacy, the employee reporting an allegation should
refrain from using the Capital Region BOCES
email system or interoffice mail.
- The School Attorney reports all
allegations received within two weeks of receipt of a claim to
the District Superintendent (or his designee)
unless the allegation involves the District Superintendent. In
the later case, the Internal Auditor
will report such an allegation directly to the Board of
- Upon receiving report of the allegation from the
School Attorney, the District
Superintendent (or his designee) will
notify the Board and an investigation will be conducted. The
Board will proceed with an investigation if the allegations
involve the District Superintendent.
- At the conclusion of the investigation, the Board will be
notified of the outcome. BOCES Board
members represent and are accountable to component school
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