Conflict of Interest
PASSHE Procedure/Standard Number 2016-22:
Management of Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI)
Conducting high quality research
and instructional activities is integral to the primary mission of State System
member universities. Active participation by faculty and other employees in external
activities that enhance their professional skills or constitute public service
can be beneficial to the university as well as the individual.
The purpose of the procedure/standard (link above)
is to provide the members of the academic community with a framework to promote
quality and objectivity in research by establishing standards to ensure that
the design, conduct or reporting of research or sponsored projects will not be biased by any
conflicting financial interests of an investigator.
The procedure/standard provides a
framework to manage, reduce or eliminate financial conflicts of interest in research, education, and service activities. This procedure/standard
protects the credibility and integrity of faculty and staff, so that public
trust and confidence in the sponsored activities are ensured. It is also intended that any such
action be in accordance with applicable federal
and state law as
well as collective bargaining agreements.
The procedure/standard is
issued under the authority of Act 188, Section 20-2005-A (7).