While relationships between UC San Diego and the private sector are critical for supporting our highly entrepreneurial and innovative culture, it is equally important that these associations are transparent and promote the highest level of integrity. University employees with outside professional or financial interests may encounter situations that cause real or perceived Conflict of Interest (COI) in the University setting.
In an effort to stimulate a conversation about COI issues, the UC Office of Ethics, Compliance and Audit recently launched a systemwide COI Awareness Campaign. The COI Awareness Campaign includes messaging related to issues that may constitute real and/or perceived COI relevant to UC faculty, postdocs, visiting scholars, graduate students and staff. Whether publishing, speaking, consulting or engaging in start-up activities, the COI Awareness Campaign encourages all UC employees to contact their local resources to help them better understand the issues related to their specific situation and to assure the conflicts are managed appropriately.
Please visit http://ucal.us/COI to view the COI Awareness Campaign materials covering some key COI concepts.
We hope you will find this information useful and informative.