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Administrative Responsibilities: Principles of Conflict of Interest

Read about administrative officials' responsibilities in the area of conflict of interest.

Conflict of interest

UCSD employees must disqualify themselves from participating in a university decision when a financial conflict of interest is present.

Principles

  • An atmosphere free of conflict of interest must be provided to all UCSD employees.
  • Employees participating in outside activities on behalf of the university must perform their functions ethically and objectively.
  • Competing interests must be balanced to maintain research integrity, protect student interests, and foster an open academic environment.
  • Financial interests must adhere to regulations incorporated in the Conflict of Interest Code.
  • A systematic review of financial disclosures from principal investigators, co-principal investigators and/or key personnel must disclose any financial interests prior to the acceptance of gifts, contracts or grants from certain governmental and non-governmental sponsors.

Responsibilities

  • Sources of income over $500: Designated employees who make or participate in decision making that may affect personal financial interests must file a financial disclosure statement.
  • Before goods and services can be provided by employees and near relatives, the university Purchasing Office must determine that goods or services are not available from any other source.
  • Decisions that may create a conflict of interest in the selection of any goods and services must be described and submitted on a "disqualification statement."
  • Disclosures: Academic appointees, principal investigators, co-principal investigators and/or key personnel must disclose any financial interest prior to the acceptance of gifts, contracts or grants from certain governmental and non-governmental sponsors.