UAB employees (faculty, staff, and student workers) are subject to the State of Alabama's ethics laws, the intent of which is to prevent public employees from using their positions to reap private gains and to prevent conflicts of interest between the employees’ private interests and the duties of their public position. The 'ethics law' was passed in 1975 under the heading of "Code of Ethics for Public Officials, Employees, Etc.", Chapter 25 of Title 36 of the Code of Alabama 1975. Copies of the actual law and of an associated handbook are available free of charge from the Alabama Ethics Commission (334-242-2997). The Alabama Ethics Commission maintains a website at