Ethics Laws & Regulations
Alaska Statute 39.52 and University Regulation 04.08.08 which sets out the Code of Ethics, applies to all procurement transactions. This code addresses misuse of public position, improper gifts, improper disclosure of information, improper influence in grants, contracts, leases, etc. A handbook and forms are available from the Ethics Coordinator in the Human Resources office.
Persons involved with making or authorizing procurements must be especially sensitive to even the appearance of impropriety.
Improper Influence in State Grants, Contracts, Leases, or Loans (AS 39.52.150)
Alaska Statute 39.52.150 states: A public employee who can affect the award or administration of a State grant, contract, lease, or loan may not apply for, or have an interest in that State grant, contract, lease, or loan. This prohibition also applies to the public employee's immediate family.
A public employee (or a family member) may apply for to be a party to a competitively solicited State grant, contract, or lease, if the public employee does not serve in the same administrative unit awarding or administering the grant, contract, or lease and so long as the public employee is not in a position to take official action in the award or administration of the grant, contract, or lease.
A public employee (or a family member) may apply for and receive a State loan that is generally available to the public and has fixed eligibility standards, so long as the public employee does not take (or withhold) official action affecting the award or administration of the loan.
Misuse of Official Position (AS 39.52.120)
Public employees may not use their positions for personal gain or to give an unwarranted benefit or treatment to any person. For example, public employees may not:
- use their official positions to secure employment or contracts;
- accept compensation from anyone other than the State for performing official duties;
- use State time, equipment, property, or facilities for their own personal or financial benefit or for partisan political purposes;
- take or withhold official action on a matter in which they have a personal or financial interest; or
- coerce subordinates for his/her personal or financial benefit