Ten Principles of Ethical Conduct

You can find more information about any of these subjects by consulting the relevant section of the State Ethics Commission’s Plain Language Ethics Guide.

• Exploitation of An Official Position — You may not use your position to secure a job, contract, governmental approval, or special benefit for yourself, a friend, or family member.

• Compensation for Official Duties — Your paycheck is your only permitted compensation. You may not accept any other compensation for performing your job. You may not “moonlight” without the approval of the University.

• Gifts and Favors — You may not accept any gift of more than nominal value (a T-shirt or a pen, for example) from anyone with whom the University conducts business.

• Attendance at Events — You may not be "wined and dined" by people with whom the University conducts business. Outside reimbursements for official travel require prior approval from the University’s ethics liaison officer or the State Ethics Commission. If the donor offering reimbursement conducts business with the University, it is unlikely that you will be permitted to accept such payments or honoraria.

• Outside Employment — You must disclose to the University any outside employment and secure approval of it.

• Conflicts of Interest — You may not act in any matter in which you, your family, or your close friends have a direct or indirect personal or financial interest that might tend to conflict with the proper discharge of your official duties. Rather, you should recuse yourself and ask someone else to perform the State task.

• Confidential Information — You may not accept employment or engage in any activity that might require or induce you to disclose confidential information acquired by means of your position.

• Nepotism — You may not hire, promote, or supervise a relative.

• Post-Employment Restrictions — After you leave public employment, you may not represent or assist a person concerning a particular matter if you were substantially and directly involved in that particular matter while in State employ. In addition, you may not use or disclose any information gained during the course of your employment if it is not generally available to members of the public.

• When in Doubt, Ask! — If you think you have a conflict of interest or are unsure of any of these rules, ask the University’s Ethics Liaison Officer (ext. 4213) or the State Ethics Commission (tel. 609-292-1892). If you suspect any wrongdoing, report your suspicion. Complaints may be made anonymously to the Commission and are kept confidential.