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The Ethics in Government Act was passed and signed into law to restore the public’s trust and confidence in government through the prevention of corruption, favoritism, undue influence and abuses of official position. As part of the Act, the ethics law was amended to establish standards of conduct for state officers and employees. It restricts certain business and professional activities, both while in state service and after separation. The governing provisions are set forth in §73, §73-a and §74 of the Public Officers Law.

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) oversees ethics within New York State Agencies, including SUNY State-operated campuses. There are many compliance mandates and JCOPE is the body charged with overseeing the administration of those mandates. All SUNY employees should understand the ethics laws that apply to them, and the potential outside activities and conflicts of interest that they may have to disclose to their employer and manage appropriately in accordance with the laws. Useful resources can be found below:

Fall & Winter Newsletter

Newsletter Archives


→ JCOPE Training Slides

→ JCOPE Training Participant Materials


New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE)| for advice, guidance, training and public information

New York State Ethics - A Plain Language Version| learn about receiving gifts, conflicts of interest, confidential information, honoraria, financial disclosure, outside activities and political activities and much more

JCOPE “Ethics Reminders”| brief and easy to understand synopsis of the laws and rules under the Commission's jurisdiction

Tip Line| call 800-87-ETHICS (800-873-8442) or File a Complaint or Report a Tip online

Additional Info

About the Area
Campus Safety Report
Dual Career Assistance
Driver Approval Process
Ethics in State Government
GOER Online Courses
Mail Handling Protocols
Notary Public Officers
Resources and Organizations
Staff Development
SUNY's Human Resources Site
SUNY Policies of Board of Trustees
Supervisor's Guide to Counseling
Violence & Harassment Prevention

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Contact Info
P: 607-746-4495 
F: 607-746-4158



Last Updated: 1/25/17