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March 6, 2008

April 15 is deadline for filing conflict of interest forms

The University’s annual conflict of interest filing season is underway.

In accordance with the University’s conflict of interest- research/teaching policy (available at, all faculty, plus some students and staff, must complete conflict of interest (COI) disclosures each year. Updated disclosures must be submitted throughout the year if new outside interests are acquired.

Disclosures must be filed using the Superform system ( by April 15. Management reporting forms and annual data summary reports are due by May 15.

For detailed instructions on who must file and how to file, plus details on supervisors’ responsibilities in managing potential conflicts, refer to Provost James V. Maher and Executive Vice Chancellor Jerome Cochran’s Feb. 15 memo to deans, directors, department chairs and regional campus presidents posted at on the Conflict of Interest Office web site.

The memo states, in part, “Conflicts of interest have the potential to threaten the integrity of a university’s scholarship, research, instruction, evaluation and administration. The annual reporting process is essential to ensure that the University’s reputation and research programs are not compromised by even the appearance of inattention to this matter, and that our institution is in compliance with federal guidelines that require the reporting and management of potential conflicts of interest related to federally funded research.”

—Kimberly K. Barlow

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