CCS administrative staff should avoid situations where their own interests materially conflict with their obligations to CCS or create the perception of a conflict. All decisions and actions by administrative staff in the course of their professional responsibilities are to be made consistent with their obligations to CCS.
Generally, a conflict of interest arises when an administrative staff member has a personal or financial interest in a transaction or event – or is a party to a transaction or event – that might adversely affect his or her judgment in performing professional or employment duties for CCS. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Engaging in any business with, or employment by, an employer that is in competition or in conflict with any transaction, activity, or objective of CCS.
2. Engaging in business with or employment by a supplier of goods or services to CCS without prior approval of CCS.
3. Using equipment, supplies, or services owned or provided by CCS in conjunction with any external work, without obtaining prior agreement, in writing, from the department that owns the equipment/supplies.
4. Making use of any confidential information acquired through employment with CCS for personal profit or advantage, or the advantage of a third-party.
5. Publicly associating CCS or its prestige with an outside business interest for personal gain.
Administrative staff members who believe they have a financial, personal, or professional interest that is (or could potentially become) a conflict of interest must fully disclose the nature of the potential conflict in writing to the Director of Human Resources. All decisions concerning whether a conflict of interest exists are within the sole discretion of CCS.