The Office of Research Integrity

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Frequently Asked Questions

Informative Notes

Conflict of Interest

The term “conflicts of interest” refers to situations in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, an employee’s professional objectivity in meeting University duties or responsibilities, including research activities. The bias that such conflicts may impart can affect many University duties, including decisions about personnel, the purchase of equipment and other supplies, the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, the sharing of research results, the choice of research protocols, and the use of statistical methods.

An employee may have a conflict of interest when the employee, or any member of the employee’s immediate family or household, has a personal interest in an activity that may affect decision making with respect to University teaching, research or administration.

For additional information on “conflicts of interest” please refer to the institutional policy.