Ethics laws were enacted to prevent both actual and apparent conflicts of interest between official duties and private interests.

The Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 (PIRA) became effective on August 15, 2011. It established the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) which expanded the existing functions and jurisdiction of the former Commission on Public Integrity. The jurisdiction of JCOPE includes all SUNY employees. View further information.

Applicable ethics laws and regulations include:

Public Officers Law section 73-a: Financial Disclosure Statements (FDSs)

Public Officers Law section 74: The Code of Ethics

Public Officers Law section 73: Outside employment and professional activities, restriction on political activities, nepotism, gifts, honorarium, travel, negotiations on future employment, and post-employment restrictions.

Civil Service Law section 107: Political Activity

For quick reference, read the Plain Language Guide to the State Ethics Laws.

Requests employees must make in advance of
receiving payment or performing service
Honoraria Official Activity Expense Payments Outside Activities Gifts
Applies to All State Workers All State Workers Policy Makers All State Workers
Minimum Requirement $0 $0 Depends on Depends, usually $15
Money / Item Individual NYS Individual Hopefully NYS
Approval Required by Agency by Agency

by Agency: > $1k;

by JCOPE: > $5k

Prior Approval Yes Yes Yes Sometimes
Annual Report If FDS filter If FDS filer Yes Maybe



Outside Activities

(for Policy Makers only)

Regulations for Outside Activities

To obtain required forms, contact Gail Feuer, Ethics Officer, at x2509 or

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