A conflict of interest may exist when University employees have financial and business relationships with external business entities. The Conflicts of Interest Program works with employees to manage conflicts of interest, where they exist.


PROGRAM UPDATE - December 6, 2016

2017 REPA Filing Season Opens January 27

Faculty and staff required to file an annual Report of External Professional Activities (REPA) will receive an email notifying them of the disclosure requirement on January 27, 2017.  Filers who hold a “University Official” position are also required to complete a Financial Disclosure for University Officials (FDUO), which will appear after completion of the REPA. The deadline for filing is February 24, 2017. 

Should you wish to file your annual disclosure before receiving the email notice, you can do so by accessing the 2017 REPA on January 1 or thereafter.

2017 Annual Disclosure for New Faculty and P&A Staff

Faculty and staff who join the University in 2017 will receive an email from the Office of Institutional Compliance that will provide the instructions for completion of the REPA and the Conflict of Interest course.  The email will be sent approximately six weeks after the new employee joins the University.     

Change in Circumstance REPA

If after filing your annual REPA you acquire a new significant financial interest (SFI) or business interest (BI) that is related to your University responsibilities or expertise, or you have a change in your University responsibilities (such as the award of a new research grant) related to an existing SFI or BI, pursuant to University policy you should file a change in circumstances REPA within 30 days of acquiring the interest.

Click on the “Fill Out a REPA Form” button on the COI Homepage, select “change in circumstance” as the reason for filing, and disclose the new information accordingly:

  • Disclose a new SFI by answering “yes” in response to General Question 2, and answer the  subquestions;
  • Disclose a new BI by answering “yes” in response to General Question 3, and answer the  subquestions;
  • For Public Health Service funded researchers, disclose business entity sponsored or reimbursed travel by answering “yes” in response to General Question 5, and answer the subquestions.

Mandatory Conflict of Interest Educational Requirement

Individuals required to file a REPA also must complete conflict of interest training at least once every four years. The Conflict of Interest module titled “Conflicts of Interest: Balancing Risks and Opportunities” can be accessed on the COI Program Homepage by clicking the “Conflict of Interest Course” button.

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The Continuing Obligation to Disclose new Significant Financial Interests, Business Interests, and Reimbursed or Sponsored Travel. Learn more