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Ethics Compliance

Ethics Compliance Mandates

SUNY Ethics Compliance Requirements

1.  SUNY is required to have a Code of Ethical Conduct and that 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.

SUNY's Code of Ethical Conduct is available here:
SUNY Policy, Code of Ethical Conduct for University Officers, Document Number 6000

SUNY must have a Code of Ethical Conduct in place in accordance with 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).

2.  "Covered" SUNY Employees must complete Ethics Training upon hiring, and every two years thereafter.  Documentation that trainings were completed should be kept by each campus where the employee is located.

According to Executive Order No. 3 Ethics Training, every 'Covered Employee' shall participate in an ethics training within sixty days of when such training is prepared and available.  "Covered Employees" under the Executive Order is defined as "All officers and employees working in the Executive Chamber in the office of the Governor, commissioners of New York State agencies, counsel to New York State agencies and ethics officers of New York State agencies."

See the SUNY Compliance website NYS Training Mandates page for information on other mandatory employee trainings.

3.  Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) Mandates as required by the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011

Includes the Following mandates:

Applicable Laws and Regulations




SUNY Policies and Procedures


SUNY Resources

External Resources

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The information contained on the SUNY Compliance website is for general campus guidance only and is not intended, nor can be relied upon, as legal advice or the imposition on SUNY campuses of specific policies or requirements. The site is intended to be an informational-only clearinghouse for some of the laws, rules, and regulations that may impact the State University of New York’s campuses. Additionally, given the rapid, changing nature of laws, rules and regulations, there may be delays or omissions contained on this site which therefore cannot be relied upon as complete. For complete compliance information, consult your campus compliance officials. For legal advice, consult your lawyer.