Conflict of Interest

When making purchases, departments should avoid doing business with suppliers if there is a conflict of interest.

University of California policy requires that an employee’s University and private interests are kept separate. This separation protects the University and its employees from charges of favoritism when purchasing goods and services.


Policy prohibits an employee from participating in or making a decision about a purchase if there is a financial conflict of interest. Requirements governing such decision making are outlined in the University Conflict of Interest Code and must be followed when the University purchases goods and services.

Version Date: May 2018