Faculty and staff members of the State System of Higher Education are considered to be public employees under the Pennsylvania Public Official and Employee Ethics Act, Chapter 11, 65 Pa.C.S. § 1101 et seq.
The “Ethics Act” prohibits public officials and public employees from engaging in activities that involve the use by a public official or public employee of his/her office or employment or any confidential information received through his/her holding
public office or employment for the private pecuniary benefit of him/herself, a member of his/her immediate family, or a business with which he/she or a member of his/her family is associated. A public employee also has a conflict of interest with respect to a person or entity with whom or with which he/she has a reasonable and legitimate expectation of forming a business relationship.
As a state-owned university and member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, a Commonwealth entity, IUP employees are subject to the provisions of the State Ethics Act. For the purposes of the Ethics Act, all university funds are public funds and all employees authorized to make recommendations or approve the expenditure of these funds are Public Employees. The Ethics Act requires that every Public Employee complete a Statement of Financial Interests for each year for the preceding calendar year. The purpose of this annual requirement is to identify any conflicts of interest and to assure the public that the spending of university funds is prudent, economical, and directly benefiting the university in support of its mission.
Current employees will complete the Statement of Financial Interests forms for calendar year 2020 using DocuSign, a digital signature application. Instructions on how to access this service will be provided to applicable employees.
Commonwealth Management Directive 205.10: Financial Disclosures Required by the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act, 65 Pa. C.S.
Commonwealth Management Directive 205.12: Financial Disclosures Required of Former Public Employees and Former Public Officials by the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act, 65 Pa. C.S.
State System of Higher Education Board of Governors Policy 2012-01: Conflict of Interest
Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission
Frequently Asked Questions about the Statement of Financial Interests