All university employees must be careful in accepting gifts from a vendor(s). The acceptance of occasional and/or complimentary tokens of appreciation does not necessarily constitute a conflict of interest. Examples of such items may include a complimentary calendar, a Christmas fruit basket, or a
box of candy, a publication, writing implement, or business-related lunch. However, in all cases, prudent judgment must be used in deciding whether to accept any gift. Your acceptance of a gift must not influence, or appear to influence, the nature of the business relationship between the university and the vendor. If you have any doubts about the nature and purpose of any gratuity offered to you by any vendor, please consult with your supervisor and the director of purchasing before accepting it.