Can employees accept “free stuff” from vendors?

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In accordance with Board Regulation DEC-RA, Board members and employees of the Anne Arundel County Public Schools may not accept gifts, entertainment, gratuities, travel, living expense, fees or honoraria from suppliers or contractors for any reason, including for addresses or papers given before supplier audiences.  Giving or offering a gift or series of gifts to a Board official or AACPS employee is improper and may result in disqualification from future work on the grounds that the donor/offeror is no longer a responsible bidder or vendor.

A gift is defined as a single gift or series of gifts that exceed $20 in value in a calendar year from any person, entity, or employee of an entity that is under the authority of the school system or has or is negotiating a contract with the school system.  

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