The following situations describe conflict of interest scenarios where a faculty member undertaking or engaging in government-sponsored work has a significant financial interest in, or a consulting arrangement with, a private business concern:
- Undertaking or orientation of the faculty member’s research to serve the research of other needs of the private firm without disclosure of such undertaking or orientation to the University and to the sponsoring agency;
- Purchase of major equipment, instruments, materials, or other items for University research from the private firm in which the staff member has the interest without disclosure of such interest;
- Transmission to the private firm or other use for personal gain of government-sponsored work products, results, materials, records, or information that are not made generally available (this would not necessarily preclude appropriate licensing arrangements for inventions, or consulting on the basis of government-sponsored research results where there is significant additional work by the faculty member independent of the government-sponsored research);
- Use for personal gain or other unauthorized use of privileged information acquired in connection with the faculty member’s government-sponsored activities (the term “privileged information” includes, but is not limited to, medical, personnel, or security requirements or price actions; possible new sites for government operations; and knowledge of forthcoming programs or of selection of contractors or subcontractor in advance of official announcements);
- Negotiation or influence on the negotiation of contracts relating to the faculty member’s government-sponsored research between the University and private organizations with which the faculty member has consulting or other significant relationships;
- Acceptance of gratuities or special favors from private organizations with which the University does or may conduct business in connection with a government-sponsored research project, or extension of gratuities or special favors to employees of the sponsoring government agency, under circumstances which might reasonably be interpreted as an attempt to influence the recipients in the conduct of their duties; and
- Consultations by a faculty member with one or more government contractors, or prospective contractors, in the same technical field as the faculty member’s government sponsored research project.
Human and Laboratory Animal Subject Research
The University is responsible for safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects in any research, development, and related activity, and for assuring the proper care of laboratory animals used in research. In determining policy in these matters, the University is guided by (a) the “Principles for Use of Human Subjects in Research” and “Principles for Use of Animals in Research” approved by the American Psychological Association, and (b) the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46). It is essential that researchers, applicable Deans and Chairs of academic units be fully familiar with these materials. See Section 188.8.131.52 for the Institutional Review Board policies.