Human Resources

University System of Georgia

Human Resources Administrative Practice Manual

Employee Relations


Conflict of Interest

Citation Reference  
Official Title Policy on Conflict of Interest
Abbreviated Title Conflict of Interest
Volume Human Resources
Responsible Office Human Resources
Originally issued July 1983
Revised May 14, 2019

Policy Statement

An employee of the University System of Georgia shall make every reasonable effort to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest. This includes avoiding actual or apparent conflict of interests between his or her college or university obligations and his or her outside activities. An appearance of conflict exists when a reasonable person will conclude from the circumstances that the employee’s ability to protect the public interest, or perform public duties, is compromised by personal interest. An appearance of conflict can exist even in the absence of a legal conflict of interest. Employees are referred to State Conflict of Interest Statutes O.C.G.A. §45-10-20 through §45-10-70, Board of Regents Policies 8.2.18.2 Conflicts of Interest and Conflicts of Commitment, and institutional policies governing Conflict of Interest. For full policy statement see BOR Policy Manual Personnel Conduct.

Reason for Policy

This policy ensures employees are advised of the expectation to avoid actual and apparent conflicts of interest.

Entities Affected By This Policy

All units of the University System of Georgia are covered by this policy.

Who Should Read This Policy

All Human Resources personnel within the University System of Georgia should be aware of this policy.

Contacts

Contact Phone Email/URL
Office of Human Resources 404-962-3235 usg-hr@usg.edu
Institution Chief Human Resources Officers See University System HR Officer Listing at http://www.usg.edu/hr/officers/
Institution Chief Legal Affairs and USG Legal Affairs USG: 404-962-3255
Institutions: refer to directory
USG: edward.tate@usg.edu
Institutions: refer to directory
Institution Chief Audit Officer and USG Audit Office USG: 404-962-3025
Institutions: refer to directory
USG: john.fuchko@usg.edu
Institutions: refer to directory

Website Address for This Policy

None

Related Documents/Resources

Responsibilities

The responsibilities each party has in connection with the Policy on Conflicts of Interest are:

Party Responsibility
Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, USG To maintain policy, provide advice and guidance to campuses with regard to policy interpretation and application, provide updates as necessary
Institution Chief Human Resources Officers To ensure policy is communicated to employees and that compliance occurs.
Institution Chief Legal Affairs and USG To respond to policy questions and to ensure compliance occurs.
Chief Audit Officer and USG To audit compliance with policy.

Forms

None

Appendices

None


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