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The University of California's overall conflict of interest policy stipulates that employees shall not engage in any activities that place them in a conflict of interest between their official duties and any other interest or obligation. The primary legislative document governing conflict of interest and related issues is the State of California Political Reform Act.
The University of California has comprehensive and interrelated policies and guidelines that address the conduct of UC employees, their interactions with private industry and conflict of interest. The Compendium of Specialized University Policies, Guidelines, and Regulations Related to Conflict of Interest is a collection of complementary policies and guidelines that work together to set high standards for employees, ensure the integrity of UC research results and guide interactions of UC employees in their partnerships with industry and other university-related activities.
The University of California adopted a Conflict of Interest Code, which is revised annually and submitted to the California Fair Political Practices Commission for approval. The Commission is the state body that administers, interprets and enforces the State of California Political Reform Act (Act). The Act places the responsibility upon the individual to be familiar with the requirements of the Act and with the University of California Conflict of Interest Code. Violation of the Act subjects the individual, not the University, to administrative, civil and criminal penalties.
University of California employees shall comply with the provisions of State and Federal law and the UC Policy and Guidelines Regarding Acceptance of Gifts and Gratuities by Employees.
All University employees are expected to act with integrity and good judgment and to recognize that the acceptance of personal gifts from those doing business or seeking to do business with the University, even when lawful, may give rise to legitimate concerns about favoritism depending on the circumstances. If a University employee has any question regarding the propriety of a gift, disclosure of the gift or proposed gift, they should ask a supervisor or the UCSD Conflict of Interest Coordinator for a determination of the proper course of action.
University employees must not make a decision or attempt to influence a decision if they have an economic interest in the entity doing business with the University.
University employees must disqualify themselves from participating in a University decision if a financial conflict of interest is present. If it is determined that a financial interest requires the employee to disqualify themselves from making or participating in the making of a University decision, the employee must refrain from participating in any way in the decision, and the employee must not use their official position to influence any other person with respect to the matter.