Conflict of Interest Training Attachment:
Questions and Answers
Ethics Regulations and Conflict of Interest Code Training
Perhaps you have heard that California State University employees will be required to
complete ethics training. Not every employee will be required to complete the training,
but if you are one of the many who will need to complete the training, you probably have
a few questions.
Does this training apply to me?
If you are required to file an annual Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700), you
also are required to complete the training. The training, however, will be available to all
employees though the content is most relevant to those who make decisions that require
Form 700 filing.
Is the training mandatory?
The training is mandatory, but only for designated employees who file a Form 700.
Managers may opt to include a wider range of employees in the training, however.
Is this "ethics" training or Conflict of Interest training?
The training focuses both on understanding of how Conflict of Interest regulations apply
to employees who are required to file Form 700 and also how ethics statutes and
regulations guide CSU official conduct.
What will be covered in the required training?
The training covers the following subjects as they apply to CSU Form 700 filers:
terminology as it applies to the Conflict of Interest regulations; the Political Reform Act;
identifying economic interests; analyzing and determining conflicts; gifts and honoraria;
contractual conflicts; and incompatible acts. You will be referred to other training and
informational resources for an optional in-depth treatment of regulations beyond the
basics for CSU employees.
How will the training be presented?
The training is a combination of television show, dramatic playhouse, quiz show, and
resource library. The learning design continually loops back to reinforce new information
and keep you alert. There is no detailed on-screen reading required or content to
How often is the training offered and how long will it take?
Since this is an on-line course, it is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You decide
how much to do in one session. We estimate about two hours for completion depending
upon interruptions and the accuracy of your responses.
What are the expectations for my successful completion of the training?
You'll need to complete the training with 100% accuracy. You will be tested throughout
the training and will not be able to move to the next content area until you have answered
all questions correctly. It may be necessary to go backwards and review content but you
won't be able to jump ahead. When you have completed the entire training session, you
will then be able to move freely within the learning environment.
How do I access the training?
The link for the training can be found on the opening page of
The Source »
Ethics and Conflict of Interest Training. When you begin your training, you will
register with your name, job title, department, campus, and e-mail
address. You also will be asked whether this training is required for you. (If you file the
Form 700, then it is required.) You will provide your own user name as well as a
password. Be sure to remember your username and password because your campus will
not be able to provide it for you if you forget.
What are the technical requirements to access the training?
What if my computer doesn't meet these technical requirements?
- A computer running Windows or Mac OS with a minimum 333mHz speed.
- High speed internet connection (300k) to run streaming video. Most office
computers will have the appropriate connection.
- Sound card with speakers or earphones. Earphones are recommended in open
- Windows Media Player. Download » Windows Media Player
appropriate for your system (Windows and Mac).
- Security setting should be set to a medium low level.
- Cookies should be enabled.
- Firewall Considerations: If you have problems streaming information past or
receiving information through your firewall, your network administrator can open
different ports on your firewall to allow streaming traffic to pass through. Visit
Microsoft to get the most updated firewall configuration.
- Buffering: As the content plays, you may experience pauses. The media player
may experience network congestion. This means that there is not enough
available bandwidth to stream the selected file. Once the buffered data is gone,
the player pauses, replenishes the buffer, and then resumes playing, using the new
buffer to supplement the playback stream bandwidth. This cycle continues until
network conditions improve.
You can take the training on any computer that meets the requirements. It need not be
your computer. You may want to "borrow" some time on someone else's computer or
arrange to complete your training in a computer lab on your campus. Since your training
access is linked to your username and password, you can be anywhere.
What if I do not have a computer?
Please contact the Conflict of Interest filing officer to make arrangements
for computer access.
What do I do if I'm having technical questions about the computer requirements or
performance during training?
You have several options. The first is to send an e-mail message to the vendor who is
administering the technical components of this online training. Contact
Steve Russak, eLearning Media, (805) 493-4402,
or Dr. Carla Lane, TEC Learning, (949) 369-3867.
The other option is to contact Desktop Services.
How private is my participation in the training? Who can see my records?
Completion records are public information and must be retained for at least 5 years on
your campus. Your personal access to the training is protected by your username and
password. The date of your initial log-on, how far you've progressed in the training, and
your final completion date are accessible by your campus filing officer (or designee).
You may be contacted by your filing officer if you have not made timely progress
towards completion by a specified deadline date.
The Chancellor's Office Systemwide Human Resources office will monitor Systemwide
participation. Access to your records by the campus or the Chancellor's Office is "read
only." Your actual answers and the number of times you have answered incorrectly are
not collected within the learning management system. The entire learning management
system is hosted and maintained by an external vendor.
Who can I contact regarding the training design or content?
The training was designed by Systemwide Professional Development, Office of the
Chancellor. The contact person is Lynne Hellmer,
Senior Director, (562) 951-4403.
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