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Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest
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Senior Vice President
Kansas State University
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Manhattan, KS 66506



Conflict of Interest: 
A potential conflict of interest occurs when there is a divergence between private interests and professional obligations to the University such that an independent observer might reasonably question whether the professional actions or decisions are determined by personal financial gain.

Conflict of Time Commitment: 
A potential conflict of time commitment exists when professional activities external to the University exceed reasonable time limits or whenever primary professional responsibility is not to the University.

Covered Individuals: 
Kansas State University policy covers all full-time unclassified faculty and staff and all others who have potential or possible conflicts of interest or time commitments.

Family includes spouse, dependent children, and members of personal household.

Significant Financial Interest: 
Anything of monetary value including, but not limited to, salary or other payments for services (e.g., consulting fees or honoraria), equity interests (e.g., stocks, stock options, or other ownership interests), and intellectual property rights (e.g., patents, copyrights, royalties from such rights).

It is important to note that the term does NOT include any of the following: 

  1. Salary, royalties, or other remuneration from the University, including funds and holdings acquired through the Regents' retirement programs; 
  2. Income (e.g., salary, fees, or other continuing payments) in an amount of $5,000 or less per annum from any one business enterprise or entity when aggregated for the employee and members of his/her family. 
  3. Financial interest in any one business enterprise or entity if the value of those interests does not exceed a five percent ownership interest when aggregated for the employee and members of his/her family.
Declaration of Conflict of Interest and Time Commitment Forms

In order to comply with federal regulations and Board of Regents (BOR) policy, Kansas State University (KSU) requires all unclassified faculty and staff with 100% time appointments to annually file Annual Declaration and Disclosure. Faculty and unclassified staff members who hold fractional appointments who have potential or possible conflicts of time or conflicts or interest are also required to file disclosure forms.

Submit the forms

Training on Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Time Commitment (pdf)

Tutorials for Managers (pdf)