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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 memorize.

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?
  • 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 work environments.


  • 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.
What if my computer doesn't meet these technical requirements?
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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Last Updated: March 5, 2007