Ethics Guide

EMPLOYEES’ GUIDE TO COMPLETION OF ETHICS REFORM LAW EDUCATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS IN THE BLACKBOARD LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

The Ethics Reform Law requires that the College provide each of its employees a summary of the Conflict of Interest Law prepared by the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission each year. The Ethics Reform Law also requires that College employees complete the State Ethics Commission’s online Conflict of Interest training program every two years. The College must maintain records of employees’ compliance with this requirement for 6 years. To maintain accurate records and track employees’ compliance, College employees must complete the training program through the Blackboard Learning Management System. All employees must complete this training within 30 days of becoming a College employee, and then once every two years thereafter.

The following is a guide for the completion of the Conflict of Interest Training Program in Blackboard. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Darcy Orellana in Human Resources at 781-280-3559 or orellanad@middlesex.mass.edu.

STEP 1:  LOG INTO MY MCC AND ENTER BLACKBOARD

First, log into MyMCC using your username and password. Then, click on the blue box on the right hand side of the page entitled “Blackboard Courses” to enter the Blackboard site.  

STEP 2:  ENTER THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST COURSE

Once in Blackboard, find the section entitled “My Courses” on the right-hand side of the page and click on “HR_Conflict_Of_Interest_Training.”

STEP 3: OBTAIN AND REVIEW THE SUMMARY OF THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST LAW

After you enter the Conflict of Interest Training course, click on “Part 1: Link to Review the Summary of Conflict of Interest Law.” By clicking on this link, you will obtain the Summary of the Conflict of Interest Law from the State Ethics Commission’s website, and your receipt of the summary will be recorded and maintained in accordance with the Ethics Reform Law.

STEP 4:  RETURN TO (or Continue in) THE BLACKBOARD LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

After reviewing the Summary of the Conflict of Interest Law, click the “Bb Conflict of Interest Training” tab in your browser to return to the Conflict of Interest Training page to proceed to the Part 2: Conflict of Interest Training.

STEP 5: TAKE THE ONLINE TRAINING COURSE

Once you have returned to the Conflict of Interest training page, click on “Part 2: Play the Conflict of Interest Law Online Training.” The Conflict of Interest training program will open in a new window.

STEP 6:  COMPLETE THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST LAW ONLINE TRAINING

Adjust the audio on your computer to the preferred volume, and/or utilize headphones. Review the contents of Page 1 of the training, then click the blue arrow button (“When you are ready to proceed, click the next arrow button”) at the bottom right-hand corner of the page to proceed to the next page of the Conflict of Interest Law Online Training.

Tip#1: Use the scroll bar on the right side of the training window if you can’t see the advance arrow on the bottom of the training content window.

Tip #2: Be sure to turn off pop-up blockers.

The training will provide information pertaining to 7 topics, which are identified on the left-side of the page. After you review each page of the training, continue to click the blue arrow button at the bottom right-hand corner of each page of the training to proceed to the next page of the training.

STEP 7: COMPLETE THE LEARNING ASSESSMENT

 After completing the portion of the training that provides information on the Conflict of Interest Law, you must complete the Learning Assessment. To begin, click the Appointed Employee Assessment button. Next, proceed to answer Questions 1-10 of the Learning Assessment.

Tip #3: At the beginning of the Learning Assessment, the window may appear blank. While the narrator speaks more information on the screen fills in. At the bottom of the window you can see the narration progressing and the Appointed Employee Assessment button will appear.

NOTE: If you click Cancel during the assessment:

  • You will exit the assessment (Your answers will not be saved!) 
  • Review the course material (using the Contents menu to jump to desired topcs) 
  • Take the assessment again

STEP 8: REQUEST COURSE CREDIT

After successfully completing the Learning Assessment, request course credit by clicking the button on the right-hand side of the page that says “Course Credit.” 

After clicking the “Course Credit” button, your completion of the Conflict of Interest training will be recorded and maintained in Blackboard. Clicking the “Course Credit” button will automatically notify the College that you completed the Conflict of Interest training. Please be aware that, after clicking the “Course Credit” button, you will not receive any notification on the screen indicating that your completion of the training was recorded. If you have any concerns that Blackboard did not process your course credit, please contact Darcy Orellana in Human Resources.

You will not need to take the Conflict of Interest training again until 2 years from the date of completion of the training.

STEP 9:  PRINT A COURSE COMPLETION CERTIFICATE

After clicking the “Course Credit” button, you may print out a course completion certification for your records. Click on the “Print Certificate” button to proceed to the page to create and print the certificate.

If you have any questions, please contact Darcy Orellana, Associate Director of Human Resources, via phone at 781-280-3559 or via email at orellanad@middlesex.mass.edu.

Last Modified: 1/26/21