Conflict of Interest and the California Political Reform Act
The California Political Reform Act requires certain state and local government officials to publicly disclose their private economic interests on an official Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) form and that all government (University) employees disqualify themselves from participating in decisions in which they have a personal financial interest.
Employees must be aware of:
- What is meant by making or participating in making a University decision
- What constitutes a conflict of interest
- How to disqualify oneself
- What could happen if one does not disqualify oneself
The UC conflict of interest code lists the position titles of those employees or officials (designated position) who are required to provide personal financial information, assigns disclosure categories to these positions, and indicates the types of economic interest which must be reported. For the list of designated position titles at UC Merced, see the systemwide List of Designated Positions.
Designated officials must obtain and complete the Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700, not later than April 1 of each year and within 30 days of assuming and leaving office. For general information about conflict of interest and the Political Reform Act, see the UCOP Form 700 Resources page. If you need assistance completing the form, see the Reference Pamphlet on the Form 700 page or contact the campus's Conflict of Interest Coordinator Angela Counts at email@example.com or 228-2406.
California Public Contract Code 10510 through 10526 addresses conflicts of interest in consulting and in contracting for goods and services. If you have a question about an actual or potential conflict of interest related to consulting or contracting for goods and services, contact Procurement Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 228-4070.
A conflict of interest in research exists when the individual has interests in the outcome of the research that may lead to a personal advantage and that might therefore, in actuality or appearance compromise the integrity of the research.
The Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Compliance and Integrity oversees the review and assessment of all financial disclosures related to research projects at UC Merced and for determining any actions required to ensure that real or perceived financial conflicts of interest are managed or eliminated. These disclosures are filed using the Form 700U. Specific disclosure forms are required when awards are funded by the National Science Foundation and the Public Health Service. For additional information related to conflicts of interest related to research, please visit the Office of Research Compliance and Integrity or contact Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Compliance Integrity using the following:
For additional information, see the Conflict of Interest page on the Research Compliance and Integrity website.
Academic Personnel who hold administrative positions with the University may also be designated officials and subject to the Form 700 filing requirements. The Form 700 filing requirements are different and separate from the Form 700U filing obligations and are often based on the directorship of an academic program.
Conflict of Commitment and Outside Activities of Faculty Members
UC APM -25 governs conflict of commitment and outside activities for faculty members. For assistance, please contact:
- Office of Academic Personnel: Becky Gubser at 228-4363
- Research Compliance & Integrity: Deborah Motton at 383-8655
- School of Natural Sciences: Esmeralda Martinez at 228-4526
- School of Engineering: Manivan Pornnang at 228-2972
- School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts: Rebecca Smith at 228-2950
- Campus Conflict of Interest Coordinator, Angela Counts, 228-2406
- UC Conflict of Interest
- Fair Political Practices Commission