3. Conflicts of Interest

As a state institution, it is imperative for both legal and ethical reasons that university employees do not improperly benefit from their positions of trust at the university. University employees are expected to avoid actual and perceived conflicts of interest related to their work and position. Actual or potential conflicts must be appropriately disclosed in accordance with university conflict of interest and conflict of commitment policies, so that such conflicts may be reviewed, and as appropriate, managed or eliminated. Employees are responsible for identifying potential conflicts and seeking appropriate guidance.

Conflicts of interest may also arise in the context of gifts, travel, and entertainment. University employees are expected to conduct themselves so as to ensure that their positions are not misused for private gain with respect to the acceptance of gifts and the undertaking of university-related travel or entertainment. University employees may not solicit, accept, or agree to accept any benefit that is intended to influence the employee in the performance of his or her university duties.

Related Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

The following is a list of policies, procedures and guidelines related to this ethical principle – the list may not be all-inclusive of the related policies, procedures and guidelines.

Board of Regent Policies [contact info]

Administrative Policy Statements [contact info]

Employee Services [contact info]

Procurement Service Center [contact info]

Related Training

All training listed below is available online via the SkillSoft training tool.  To get more information, log in to your campus employee portal and click on the Resources Tab the select Training in the menu.

FERPA (u00049)

Target Audience: This is required course for all university employees who have access to ISIS and recommended for all faculty with access to ISIS.


Discrimination and Harassment (s10007)

Target Audience: CU Boulder faculty, staff, and student employees who need to fulfill their initial discrimination and harassment training requirement or the five year requirement. Employees at System Administration are also required to complete this course.


Fiscal Code of Ethics (f00001)

Target Audience: University employees (full-time, part-time, temporary, seasonal, or hourly). Affiliate fiscal staff who conduct fiscal transactions on behalf of the university.