Revolving Door Prohibition

The State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (5 ILCS 430/5-45) prohibits employees, including appointees, of Southern Illinois University from working for an outside vendor for one year after leaving the university's employ if he/she participated personally and substantially in decisions to award contracts to that vendor that exceeded $25,000.00.  

The Ethics Act states “No former officer, member, or State employee, or spouse or immediate family member living with such person, shall, within a period of one year immediately after termination of State employment, knowingly accept employment or receive compensation or fees for services from a person or entity if the officer, member, or State employee, during the year immediately preceding termination of State employment, participated personally and substantially in the award of State contracts, or the issuance of State contract change orders, with a cumulative value of $25,000 or more to the person or entity, or its parent or subsidiary”.

Executive Order 15-09 expanded upon the Ethics Act revolving door prohibition and added:

  • No employee, while employed by or serving as an appointee of a State Agency, shall negotiate for employment with any person or entity that is registered as a Lobbyist or Lobbying Entity and has identified that State Agency on its then-current Lobbyist or Lobbying Entity registration filed with the Secretary of State;
  • No former State Employee, within one year after leaving his or her position with a State Agency, shall accept compensation from any person or entity for Lobbying any State Agency.

1. How do I know if I am subject to the Revolving Door Prohibition?

  • The OEIG has assembled some frequently asked questions that may assist in your determination.
  • Additionally, certain employees by nature of their job duties, commonly referred to as C List employees, have been identified as participating personally and substantially in awarding contracts over $25,000 and those employees have been notified by the Ethics Office.  Those employees are required to notify the OEIG prior to accepting any offer of non-state employment.  If you believe you meet the requirements but have not been contacted by the University Ethics Office or you are unsure if you are subject to the revolving door prohibition, please contact ethics1@siu.edu.   

2. What are the procedures for completing the Revolving Door process?

Specific instructions and forms related to the revolving door process for those who are subject to the requirement to seek a determination.

3. Are Board of Trustee members subject to the revolving door prohibition?

Yes. Due to the nature of the board members position, board members, including spouses and immediate family members living with the board member, are strictly prohibited from accepting employment, for one year after the conclusion of the term of office, or compensation from persons or entities who are party to certain contracts by the state employee’s agency, regardless of whether the state employee himself or herself participated personally and substantially in those awards or decisions.  There is no OEIG revolving door determination process like the one in place for other categories of university employees.

4. What is the penalty for violating the Revolving Door Prohibition?

If a current or former employee or trustee accepts non-state employment in violation of the revolving door prohibitions, a fine of up to three times the total compensation that would have been obtained may be levied by the EEC.

For any additional questions, please contact the University Ethics Officer at ethics1@siu.edu or 618-536-3461.