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Proposed Amendment to the CSU’s Conflict of Interest Code

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is the enforcement agency responsible for the administration of the California Political Reform Act.  This act requires California State University, a state agency, to adopt a formal conflict of interest (COI) code composed of disclosure categories and a list of designated positions. Employees in designated positions are to file an official Statement of Economic Interests form (Form 700) on an annual basis.  

FPPC periodically contacts state agencies to address an agency’s intention to review and amend its COI code.  In the 2021-22 fiscal year, the CSU responded to FPPC with the intention to review and amend its code. It also alerted all CSU campus filing officers of its intention to review and amend the code.

After comparing the 2017 COI code’s list of designated positions against the information provided by campuses and updated information held in the Form 700 electronic filing system, the CSU presented the FPPC with a proposed amendment to the COI code. The CSU received further recommendations from FPPC and presented the COI code amendment to the Board of Trustees (BOT) at the July 2023 meeting (Agenda Item 6 for the Committee on University and Faculty Personnel).

The public notice of the proposed amendment to the code has initiated the public comment period.  During this period, campuses also will review the proposed amendments before receiving final approval for implementation at the September 2023 BOT meeting.

The current COI code, the proposed amendments and public notices are available at the CSU’s COI webpage.