Conflicts of Commitment and Interest Disclosure for Civil Service Staff

Dear Colleagues,

The annual Report of Non-University Activities (RNUA) process began on Monday, September 17, 2018. Academic staff are required to disclose and obtain prior approval for non-university income producing activities. Civil Service staff members are not required to submit an RNUA, but they are not exempt from disclosing potential conflicts.

A conflict of interest occurs when an employee is in a position to advance his or her own interests or those of a third party, to the University’s detriment. Conflicts of interest can arise in a variety of situations, including but not limited to the following: research, non-university income producing activities, business relationships, procurement-related conflicts, intellectual property, and involvement of students and staff. Some conflicts of interest are obvious while others are not.

University policy requires employees to disclose activities that may present a potential conflict with their University roles and responsibilities as outlined in Rule 16.01 of the Policy and Rules for Civil Service staff. The policy makes every effort to balance the integrity and interests of staff with that of the University. Disclosing a conflict does not imply that anyone is behaving improperly. Most conflicts can be managed and employees are encouraged to work with their Unit Executive Officer to do so.

Although annual reporting is not mandatory for Civil Service employees, I encourage you to complete the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form for Civil Service Employees and submit it to your supervisor to protect you and the University from potential conflicts of interest. For more information about the Conflict of Interest guidelines for Civil Service employees, please visit


Michael Ginsburg, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources

For more information, please contact:
Susan Balmes

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