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Conflict of Interest

The principal conflict of interest law known as the Political Reform Act of 1974 contains a general prohibition against conflicts of interest in public decision making. This is also the authority for the CSU Conflict of Interest code with which CSU employees should be familiar.

The CSU's code requires employees who are most likely to be involved in university decision-making to file an annual disclosure form. The form alerts employees of their personal interest that might be affected while performing official university duties. The disclosure also works as vehicle for informing the public of potential conflicts of interest.


Assuming Office: CSU employees in designated positions are notified by the University's Conflict of Interest Filing Officer of their requirement to file and complete training. Employees assuming office in a designated position must file a Form 700: Statement of Economic Interests within 30 days of their appointment.

Annual Filing: CSU employees in designated positions are required to file a Form 700 by April of each year. The University's Conflict of Interest Filing Officer is responsible for notifying employees who must file.

Leaving Office: CSU employees in designated positions with the University are required to complete Form 700 within 30 days of leaving office.


All employees in designated positions must complete the ethics training course within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. The training is delivered online and in an interactive format accessible through CSU Learn. Employees required to complete ethics training will be sent an email notification from If you believe you are in a designated position and have not received notification, please contact Courtney Tamone at

Gifts to Agency/Distribution of Tickets and Passes to Events/Report of Ceremonial Roles

In addition to the administration of the annual filing of Statement of Economic Interests forms for designated positions, the University is required to report Gifts and Tickets/Admissions to Events given to the agency.

Payments made to the CSU by an outside source that are used by CSU employees to conduct CSU business or to achieve a stated public purpose may not be treated as gifts or income by the employee who uses them. These payments may be reported on a Form 801 or Form 802 instead of the employee's Form 700.

Gifts to Agency Report

The Form 801 is used to disclose gifts made to the CSU and used by one or more CSU employee to conduct CSU business. This may include payments such as travel and reimbursements (other than tickets or passes). View CSUSM completed Form 801.

Ceremonial Role Events and Ticket/Pass Distributions Agency Report

The Form 802 is used to disclose tickets or passes to an entertaining or sporting event given to the CSU by an outside source and provided to a CSU employee to achieve a stated public purpose. View CSUSM completed 802.