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Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest may exist where financial interest or other opportunities for tangible personal benefit may exert a substantial and improper influence over an employee in the exercise of their institutional responsibilities, including the design, conduct or reporting of research, decision-making in connection with a University business transaction, and commitments to students, trainees, and staff. For purposes of conflicts of interest, “employee” means any individual employed by the University, or any other individual serving as a principal investigator or co-investigator on a sponsored research project.

The existence of conflict of interest is not an accusation or implication that an employee has violated their professional responsibilities. The University seeks to identify such conflicts early in order to appropriately manage or eliminate them.

Employees of BSU are subject to Idaho State Board of Education Policies in addition to State law. Investigators are subject to specific federal regulations regarding research.

See BSU’s official Conflict of Interest and Commitment Policy for more information.