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