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CWUP 2-40-050 Ethics in Public Service

The Ethics in Public Service law (RCW 42.52) applies to all state officers and state employees, including those at state universities such as Central Washington University (CWU). University resources are used to support its mission, including academic and administrative functions. It is the university's policy to adhere to rules adopted by the state Executive Ethics Board, as they exist now or may be amended. In the event those rules are more restrictive than the university's, the Executive Ethics Board rules apply. Responsibility for ethical compliance rests with the individual employee or the supervisor who authorizes employee action or inaction. In order to protect its employees and ensure overall compliance, the university promotes ethics training to all levels of employment.

(1) Definitions

University Resources - University resources include university-owned equipment and facilities. Employee time at work is also considered a university resource.

Organizational Effectiveness - Organizational effectiveness supports the university's mission. It encompasses activities that enhance or augment the institution's ability to perform its mission. Employees may make personal use of university resources that promote organizational effectiveness or enhance job-related skills.

De minimus use - An infrequent or occasional use of university resources that results in little or no actual cost to the university. Occasional and limited use of university resources by employees, including email and the internet, are permitted for other than official state purposes.

[President’s Cabinet: 10/05/98, PAC Approved 10/02/02, PAC: 10/5/05, PAC: 09/05/07; Cabinet/UPAC 11/02/2011; Responsibility: President’s Office; Authority: Cabinet/UPAC; Reviewed/Endorsed by: Cabinet/UPAC; Review/Effective Date: 06/06/2012; Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President]