Examples of Nonallowable Conflict Situations
A. Activities that appear to present potential conflicts of interest or commitment:
- Relationships that might enable an employee to influence the university's dealings with an outside organization in ways leading to personal gain or to improper advantage for anyone. For example an employee could have a financial interest in an enterprise with which the university does business and be in a position to influence relevant business decisions. Ordinarily such problems may be resolved by full disclosure as well as making appropriate arrangements that clearly exclude that employee from participating in the decisions.
- Situations in which the time or creative energy an employee devotes to extramural activities including allowable activities, appear substantial enough to compromise the amount or quality of his/her participation in the instructional, scholarly, and administrative work of the university itself.
- Activities (research projects, conferences, teaching programs, remunerative consulting agreements, etc.) for which employees are personally remunerated that involve, or might reasonably be perceived to involve, the university, its name, its laboratories, computers or other facilities and equipment.
- Activities that violate or might reasonably be perceived to violate any of the principles governing research supported by funds administered through the university in so far as these principles are relevant to individual behavior.
B. Activities that present such serious problems as to be incompatible with the university policies:
- Situations in which the individual assumes responsibilities for an outside organization that divert his/her attention from university duties, or create other conflicts of loyalty.
- Use for personal profit of unpublished information emanating from university research or other confidential university sources, or assisting in outside organization by giving it unreasonably exclusive access to such information; or consulting under arrangements that impose obligations that conflict with university patent policy or with the university's obligations to research sponsors.
- Circumstances in which research that could and ordinarily would be carried on within the university is conducted elsewhere to the disadvantage of the university and its legitimate interests.