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Conflict of Interest
Office of the Provost and
Senior Vice President
Kansas State University
108 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506



K-State's Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Time Commitment Policy
This statement of policy concerning conflicts of interest and time commitment has been developed by a university task force in order to ensure compliance with the laws of the State of Kansas and mandates from the Board of Regents and federal funding agencies, the latter as a prerequisite for their future support. 

K-State Consulting Policy - University Handbook, Section D40 
Faculty members are encouraged to accept outside consulting assignments that support professional growth, as long as the assignments do not interfere with the effective discharge of university responsibilities.

Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) Commitment of Time, Conflict of Interest, Consulting and Other Employment
The purposes of this policy are to: (i) educate about situations that generate conflicts; (ii) provide means for faculty and unclassified staff and the university to manage real or apparent conflicts; (iii) promote the best interests of students and others whose work depends on faculty direction; and (iv) describe situations that are prohibited.

K-State's Policy on the Employment of Relatives and Nepotism
If a person is in a position which requires an evaluation on a personnel decision such as those concerning appointment, retention, promotion, tenure, or salary of a close relative, such condition shall be deemed a conflict of interest. 

Kansas Government Ethics
46-237.Gifts to state agencies, state officers and employees, candidates for state office and state officers elect; limitations and prohibitions; exceptions; hospitality; honoraria; gifts from foreign governments; reimbursement of legislators for travel and subsistence expenses by certain national and international organizations and foreign governments.


Relevant Federal Law and Regulation

  • 42CFR50 Subpart F
    Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for Which PHS Funding Is Sought 
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)