A financial conflict of interest exists when an individual, or an institution, has financial interests that have the potential to influence, or bias, their responsibilities to the University.
Conflicts of interest, real or perceived, may manifest as: bias in research or academic work, improper influence over University subordinates or students, undue influence on research participants, inappropriate uses of University funds or property, and public allegations of unethical behavior. These situations can have the potential to damage the reputations and work of individuals and the University.
About the COI Office
The Conflict of Interest Office supports the University community in identifying and managing financial conflicts of interest related to the following activities:
- Scholarly or Educational Activity
- Transactions (includes procurement, license negotiations, subawards, etc.)