Ethical Conduct

Code of Ethical Conduct for University Officers

The University Board of Trustees adopted on September 27, 1990, and revised on May 31, 2007, a Code of Ethical Conduct (Code) applicable to the service of its members, as well as those who are members of campus councils and the Board of Trustees of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). The Board adopted this Code pursuant to regulations issued by the New York State Ethics Commission (State Ethics Commission) which generally require state agencies to establish internal agency-specific codes of ethical conduct governing the business and professional activities of uncompensated officers (19 NYCRR §932.5). The Code must be distributed to all newly-appointed members of the University Board of Trustees, each State-operated campus council and ESF Board of Trustees.

The Code, which has been filed with the State Ethics Commission, establishes ethical standards and limitations on outside activities applicable to all uncompensated University public officers, including those designated policy-makers. It is similar in most respects to the standards governing the business and professional activities of public officers under NYS Public Officers Law §§73 and 74. The adoption of the Code does not affect the determination that campus council members and ESF Board of Trustees are not required to file annual disclosure statements with the State Ethics Commission.

For the full policy, along with definitions, procedures and forms, please visit SUNY's Code of Ethical Conduct for University Officers.

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