Conflict of Interest

The Political Reform Act of 1974 requires the California State University (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 University decision in which he or she has a financial interest. University employees cannot make, participate in making, or attempt to use their official position to influence a CSU decision in which they have a financial interest. An employee is deemed to have personal financial interest in a decision if that decision will have a material financial effect on themselves, a member of their immediate family, or on any one of the five kinds of economic interest as defined in the Political Reform Act of 1974.

The CSU Conflict of Interest Code requires employees in designated positions to file a Statement of Economic Interests Form 700 (pdf) upon assuming office and on an annual basis. Employees are required to complete ethics training within 6 months of assuming office and every two years thereafter.  

New employees in designated positions or current employees newly appointed to designated positions will be notified by the Human Resoures department about their requirement to file and take the training. Designated positions and disclosure categories can be found in Attachments A and B outlined below.

If you have any questions about any action that you believe may constitute a conflict of interest, please contact Xiaodong Zhu, Director of Employment Services at 707.664.2913 or via email  For more information on complying with the CSU Conflict of Interest regulations, visit the following links on the CSU Conflict of Interest Policies and Programs web site.

Program Details

Conflict of Interest Filing Process


Designation of Filing Officers

Employment and Conflicts of Interest and Incompatible Activities

Gifts - FPPC Revised Regulation Concerning Gifts to an Agency

Principal Investigators - Conflict of Interest Policy Update

Public Contract Code Restrictions for CSU Employees

Forms and Publications

CSU Office Of General Counsel

State of California Resources

Office of the Attorney General

Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)