Conflict of Interest:

The Political Reform Act of 1974 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.

Those CSU employees, who hold a designated position under the CSU Conflict of Interest Code, must file a Form 700/Statement of Economic Interests within 30 days of assuming the position, annually (4/1), and within 30 days of leaving the position.


Employees in a designated Conflict of Interest position must complete ethics training within 6 months of assuming the designated position, and every 2 years thereafter. The Office of Human Resources is responsible for notifying employees of this training requirement. This training course is specifically designed for CSU employees and is required by state law.

How to Take the Online Training:

Employees must be registered for this online training. The Office of Human Resources will upload designated employee names and e-mail addresses to the Employee Training Center (ETC). Employees may take the training at any time as long as it is completed by the prescribed date. The ETC can be accessed by visiting the following website: