The board chair and executive director of the Tech Valley Center of Gravity will serve as official spokespersons for the association and may convey its official position on issues of general impact or significance, or of a controversial or sensitive nature. Inquiries from legislators, policy makers and/or media representatives regarding the TVCOG’s position on issues should be referred to the executive director.
In specific circumstances where a particular expertise or experience is relevant, the executive director and/or board chair may designate another member to speak to the media on a particular subject.


Member contact information is personal, private and only to be used for the business of the organization. Individuals or entities wishing to contact TVCOG members directly, may make a request to the executive director to make such contact on their behalf. Entities for which emails to members are a benefit of a sponsorship or corporate support arrangement must provide pre-formatted email content to TVCOG for direct distribution.

Member contact information in the TVCOG records is the property of the organization. Directors and committee members who receive and have access to membership contact information shall not reproduce, share or take ownership of the information for their or anyone else’s personal or business use. 

Tech Valley Center of Gravity (TVCOG) requires directors, officers and employees to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. Volunteer leaders and employees of TVCOG must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

Reporting Responsibility
This Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable volunteers, employees and others to raise serious concerns internally so TVCOG can address and correct inappropriate conduct and actions. It is the responsibility of all board members, officers, employees and volunteers to report concerns about violations of TVCOG’s policies or suspected violations of law or regulations that govern TVCOG’s operations.

No Retaliation
It is contrary to the values of TVCOG for anyone to retaliate against any board member, officer, employee or volunteer who in good faith reports an ethics violation, or a suspected violation of law, such as a complaint of discrimination, or suspected fraud, or suspected violation of any regulation governing the operations of TVCOG. An employee or volunteer who retaliates against someone who has reported a violation in good faith is subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment.

Reporting Procedure
TVCOG has an open door policy and suggests that employees and volunteers share their questions, concerns, suggestions or complaints with their supervisor, zone coordinator, work group leader or a member of the leadership team. If you are not comfortable speaking with your supervisor or you are not satisfied with your supervisor’s response, you are encouraged to speak with TVCOG’s Vice President, who serves as the organization’s compliance officer. Supervisors and managers are required to report complaints or concerns about suspected ethical and legal violations in writing to the Vice President, who has the responsibility to investigate all reported complaints. Employees with concerns or complaints may also submit their concerns in writing directly to their supervisor, the executive director or the Vice President.

Vice President as Compliance Officer
TVCOG’s Vice President serves as its compliance officer and is responsible for ensuring that all complaints about unethical or illegal conduct are investigated and resolved. The Vice President will advise the executive director and/or board of all complaints and their resolution and will report at least annually to the board on compliance activity relating to accounting or alleged financial improprieties.

Accounting and Auditing Matters
NYSNLA’s Secretary shall immediately notify the board of any concerns or complaint regarding corporate accounting practices, internal controls or auditing and work with the board until the matter is resolved

Acting in Good Faith
Anyone filing a written complaint concerning a violation or suspected violation must be acting in good faith and have reasonable grounds for believing the information disclosed indicates a violation. Any allegations that prove not to be substantiated and which prove to have been made maliciously or knowingly to be false will be viewed as a serious disciplinary offense.

Violations or suspected violations may be submitted on a confidential basis by the complainant. Reports of violations or suspected violations will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation.

Handling of Reported Violations
TVCOG’s Vice President will notify the person who submitted a complaint and acknowledge receipt of the reported violation or suspected violation. All reports will be promptly investigated and appropriate corrective action will be taken if warranted by the investigation.