This is a reminder about state ethics rules.

Improper computer, email and internet use are the most common findings in settlements issued by the Washington State Executive Ethics Board (EEB).

In general, employee use of state-provided resources is permitted if the use is reasonably related to the conduct of official University duties.

Use of state resources for personal purposes, unrelated to conducting official duties, is prohibited unless it falls under de minimis rules. De minimis use is brief, infrequent, does not result in additional cost to WSU, does not interfere with performance of job duties, and does not compromise the security or integrity of state information or software.

Some personal use activities are deemed prohibited (including use for political activities, lobbying, and outside business). De minimis rules do not apply to these activities, thus, any use of state resources for these purposes would be an ethics violation.

Protect your unit, yourself and your employees by ensuring proper awareness of ethics rules. See for ethics training resources. Also refer to Executive Policy #4, BPPM 10.21 and BPPM 20.37.

For questions or assistance, please contact Internal Audit at