Conflict of Interest/Conflict of Commitment

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Conflict of Interest, Conflict of Commitments,
and Outside Activities

UO recently replaced its policy on conflicts of interest, conflicts of commitment, and outside activities. The purpose of the revised policy is to better support the engagement of university employees in outside and entrepreneurial activities in a way that is consistent with state laws and regulations, which apply to the UO and its employees as a public institution.

Please Note

We are working on a clear and easy way for employees to disclose outside activities. We appreciate your patience as that system is developed in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. (The goal is to have a one-stop shop for disclosures for this policy, the financial conflict of interest in research policy (FCOIR), foreign activity reporting, etc.) We expect this comprehensive system to be ready by the start of the next academic year.

Have questions? Need guidance?

We understand that you may have questions about the policy, exemptions, and the process for review and approval. If so, simply email coc@uoregon.edu.

In the interim, please read the information below for guidance on this policy:

An employee must seek prior approval for all outside activities (of the employee or the employee’s relative) that may give rise to potential or actual conflicts of interest or conflicts of commitment, including the following:

  • Ownership of equity in an entity, including a consulting entity, that carries on activities closely related to the University employee’s duties and/or field of expertise. This excludes consulting as an individual or sole proprietor.
  • Outside activities performed in exchange for equity in an entity that carries on activities closely related to the University employee’s duties and/or field of expertise. This excludes publicly-traded equity unless the employee has a majority ownership in that entity.
  • Outside activities closely related to the University employee’s duties and/or field of expertise that involve research and development and/or the creation of technological improvements, inventions, or software.
  • Managing or significant participation in the day-to-day operations of an entity that carries on activity closely related to the employee’s University duties and/or field of expertise.
  • Employment of University of Oregon students whom the employee currently teaches, directly supervises, or formally advises in the execution of outside activities.
  • Any other activity or financial interest of the employee or their relative, or any business with which either is associated, that would or could be impacted by the employee acting in their capacity as a University employee.

 

Materials presented are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.