Conflict of Interest
Political Reform Act of 1974
The Fair Political Practices Commission - The Political Reform Act requires CSU, as an agency, to adopt and communicate Conflict of Interest (COI) codes. The Act contains a general prohibition against conflicts of interest. Conflict of Interest law seeks to minimize the extent to which public employees pursue their own financial interests at the expense of the public interest.
Under the Act, no CSU employee shall make, participate in making, or attempt to use his or her official position to influence a CSU decision in which he or she has a financial interest. University employees shall not vote, make recommendations, or in any way participate in personnel or financial decisions if such participation constitutes a conflict of interest.
Annual Filing and Training - The CSU Conflict of Interest Code requires employees in designated positions to file a Statement of Economic Interests Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interests (PDF) on an annual basis and take training within 6 months of assuming office and two years thereafter.
Employees who fail to timely file their Form 700 may be referred to the FPPC's Enforcement Division (and, in some cases, to the Attorney General or district attorney) for investigation and possible prosecution. In addition to the late filing penalties of $10 per day, a fine of up to $5,000 per violation may be imposed.
New employees in designated positions or current employees newly appointed to designated positions are notified about their requirement to file and take training in the following ways: Appointment Letter or Letter from the campus Conflict of Interest Program Administrator.
Please email Rosario Gaspar or by phone at (408) 924-2264, HR Information & Support Services Supervisor, Conflict of Interest Administrator.