4.2.6 Conflict of Interest and Ethical Conduct

What constitutes conflict of interest or unethical conduct on the part of those affiliated with a college or university has a moral as well as a legal base. The officers, faculty members, and other employees of the University are expected to maintain at all times relationships and practices in their University activities that are legally, ethically, and morally correct. It is essential that all employees of the University conduct University business and their private business and financial affairs that might impinge upon the University in a manner that stands the sharpest scrutiny by those who would seek to find wrongdoing. It is also essential that the University have on record a written statement of this expectation of its employees.

The best way to ensure propriety and avoid even the semblance of wrongdoing is for all employees to follow a practice of full prior disclosure in writing of any association, relationship, business arrangement, or circumstance that might suggest to disinterested and objective referees that decisions were made contrary to the best interest of the University and for personal gain or the gain of family, close friends, or non-University business associates at the expense of the University. Interests and actions that might otherwise be questionable may be judged to be entirely proper if the rule of full prior disclosure is followed.

Questions related to this policy should be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Administration.