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Code of Ethics

California State University San Marcos Procurement & Contracts subscribes to the code of ethics of the California State University Procurement and Support Services Officers Association. 
As public employees and purchasing professionals, we owe the State, the University and our institutions our best unbiased judgment every time we expend their money and/or act on their behalf. We guide our activity through the application and adherence to the following commonly shared values and ethical standards for dealing with vendors and clients:

  1. Avoid unfair practices by granting all competitive suppliers equal consideration insofar as state, federal, and CSU regulations require.
  2. Conduct business in good faith; demanding honesty and ethical practices from all participants in the purchasing process.
  3. Decline personal gifts or gratuities from present or potential suppliers since this can influence or appear to influence procurement decisions.
  4. Promote positive supplier/contractor relationships by according vendor representatives courteous, fair and ethical treatment.
  5. Make every reasonable effort to negotiate equitable and mutually agreeable settlements of controversies with a supplier(s).
  6. Avoid involvement in any transactions/activities that could be considered to be a conflict between personal interests and the interests of the CSU.
  7. Know and obey the letter and spirit of laws governing the purchasing function and remain alert to the legal ramifications of purchasing decisions.
  8. Enhance proficiency by acquiring and maintaining current technical knowledge and pursuing related educational opportunities and professional growth.