- To support the mission of the University.
- To help enhance the public image of the University and the Board of Governors.
- To strengthen and sustain the President while being an active, energetic, and probing Board member exercising critical judgment on policy matters.
- To understand that the Board's role is policy making and not involvement in administration or the management process.
- To communicate promptly to the Board Chair or the President, as appropriate, any significant concern or complaint and then let the Chair or President deal with it.
- To defend the autonomy and the independence of the University.
- To maintain an overriding loyalty to the entire University rather than to any part of it or constituency within it.
- To seek to be fully informed about the University and its role in the province and in higher education and to be responsive to the changing environments which affect it.
- To foster openness and trust among the members of the Board, the administration, the faculty, the staff, the students, the provincial government and the public.
- To maintain a decent respect for the opinions of one's colleagues and a proper restraint in criticism of colleagues and officers.
- To speak one's mind at Board meetings but to support policies and programs once established.
- To recognize that authority resides only with the Board as a whole and not in its individual members.
- To recognize that the President is the primary spokesperson for the University and the Chair of the Board is the only other person authorized to speak for the Board.
- To recognize that no Board member shall make any request or demand for actions that violate the written policies, rules, and regulations of the Board of the University.
- To maintain the highest ethical standards and never allow any personal conflict of interest to exist.
Enacted by the Board, March 27, 1997