Potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed

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On September 10, 2009

Conflict of interest disclosure is a legal requirement for all university employees. You must notify your supervisor, in writing, of reasonably foreseen potential conflicts of interest.

Section 330.015 of the University of Missouri Collected Rules and Regulations requires that when a university employee engages in any outside matters of financial interest incompatible with the impartial, objective and effective performance of their duties, a written disclosure be made, as well as that it be filed in a public registry.
Section 420.030 of the University of Missouri Collected Rules and Regulations is intended to comply with the requirement of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
If you are unsure whether or not you have a conflict of interest, you should complete a disclosure form. Keeping your supervisor informed will keep you out of trouble. When in doubt, disclose. The form is available online at sponsoredprograms.mst.edu/forms/forms_intro.html.
To assist in managing potential conflicts of interest, a Conflict of Interest Committee was established, along with the appointment of a conflict of interest officer. Members include Walter Eversman, Jonathan Hines (chair and conflict of interest officer), K. Krishnamurthy, Don Madison, Kathleen Markie, Randy Stoll, Keith Strassner and Dave Westenberg.
The process is as follows:

  1. Complete the form online at sponsoredprograms.mst.edu/forms/forms_intro.html. If the proposed activity is funded by NSF or NIH, then you must also complete the disclosure form at sponsoredprograms.mst.edu/documents/pdf/NIH_NSF_COI_Disclosure_Form.pdf.
  2. Submit the completed form to your supervisor for review and signature.
  3. Forward the form to Jonathan C. Hines, conflict of interest officer, in Room 212 Parker Hall.
  4. Hines will sign and scan the form, create a PDF file for the committee’s review, and forward the original to business services to file in the public record.
  5. The Conflict of Interest Committee will review the disclosure and provide a written assessment to the person filing the disclosure, and to the supervisor.

If you have any questions, please contact Hines at hinesjc@mst.edu.
For the complete rules and regulations on conflict of interest, go to www.umsystem.edu/ums/departments/gc/rules/personnel/330/015.shtml and www.umsystem.edu/ums/departments/gc/rules/research/420/030.shtml.

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