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 Form 700: 2019/2020 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. Employees are subject to a $10 per day fine up to a maximum of $100 for the late filing of a statement of economic interests Form 700 (Govt. Code Section 91013). In addition, the President/Chancellor may be notified of the late filers. Employees who fail to file a Form 700, or who fail to disclose material interests may be subject to a personal penalty. Penalties include disciplinary action against the employee, as well as potential civil & criminal penalties. More information on late filing can be found in the Conflict of Interest Handbook [pdf] (requires SJSUOne/CSU login)
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 Officer.
For additional information about compliance requirements, contact Magdalena Carrera or by phone at (408) 924-2256, Coordinator of Online Training & Compliance.