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Conflict of Interests

Conflict of Interests (COI) occur when a university employee or a member of his/her immediate family has personal interests, or benefits or suffers from his/her participation in contracts or transactions considered by JMU. No JMU employee shall have personal interests in contracts with JMU, other than that employee’s own contract of employment. See Prohibited Conduct

As a requirement of the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act, and the Govenor's Executive Order 33, university employees in certain designated positions are obligated to disclose their financial interests in order to prevent inappropriate conflicts between personal economic interests and the official duties.

University employees designated to file disclosure statements include presidents, vice presidents, provosts, deans, and persons with decision-making authority regarding 1) policy, 2) contracts and procurement, 3) audits, 4) licensure, 5) inspections and investigations, 6) investments or other financial matters. See How the Act Affects You

Pursuant to § 2.2-3128 of the Code of Virginia, individuals who file a Statement of Economic Interests with the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council (Council) must complete Conflict of Interests training within 60 days of beginning employment and once every two years thereafter. See Conflict of Interests Training

Filing period for Statements of Economic Interests

Time period that the filing covers:

January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Due by:

February 1, 2018


Important Update -  Effective July 1, 2017

  • The filing deadline for state employees has changed to February 1. Notifications will be sent to designated employees to file no earlier than January 1 and on or before February 1.
  • Employees hired into positions designated to file disclosure statements are required to do so as a condition of assuming employment and must on or before the effective start date of the position.

For individuals who file a Statement of Economic Interests, gifts with a value of less than $20 have been exempted from the definition of a gift. This means that items with a value of less than $20 are not gifts, do not count toward the $100 gift cap, and do not have to be aggregated for reporting purposes.