The following list of examples is intended to serve as a set
of guidelines for identifying potential conflicts of interest and commitment.
It is not intended as a comprehensive list of all potential
situations that could present faculty/staff members and the university with
ACTIVITIES THAT ARE CLEARLY PERMISSIBLE
Acceptance of royalties for published works and patents, or
of honoraria for commissioned papers and lectures.
Service as a consultant to outside organizations, provided that
the time of the commitment does not exceed the current university policy,
and that the arrangement in no way alters the faculty/staff member's commitments
incurred in the university's execution of a sponsored agreement on the faculty/staff
Service on boards and committees of organizations, public or
private, that does not distract unduly from the faculty/staff member's obligations
to the university or that does not interfere or appear to interfere with a
faculty/staff member's ability to conduct work under sponsored agreements
ACTIVITIES THAT PRESENT THE POTENTIAL FOR CONFLICT
Relationships that might enable a faculty/staff member to influence
the university's dealings with an outside organization in ways leading to
personal gain or improper advantage for the faculty/staff member, or his or
her associates family members.
For example, a faculty/staff member or family member could have
financial interest in an organization with which the university does business
and could be in a position to influence relevant business decisions. Ordinarily,
making full disclosure of such relationships and making appropriate arrangements
to mitigate potential conflicts would resolve such problems.
Situations in which a faculty/staff member directs students
into a research area from which the faculty/staff member may realize a financial
gain. In such situations, the ability of a faculty/staff member to
render objective, independent judgment about the students' scholarly best
interests may be diminished.
ACTIVITIES THAT ARE VERY LIKELY TO PRESENT UNACCEPTABLE CONFLICTS
Use for personal profit of unpublished information
emanating from sponsored agreements or confidential university sources, or
assisting an outside organization by giving it exclusive access to such information;
or consulting with outside organizations that impose obligations upon the
faculty/staff member or the university that conflict with the faculty/staff
member or The Texas State University System Intellectual Property Policy or
with the university's obligations under sponsored projects.
Circumstances in which a substantial body of research that could
and ordinarily would be carried on within the university is conducted elsewhere
to the detriment of the university and its legitimate interests.
Any activity that a faculty/staff member
may wish to undertake on an individual basis that:
Involves or appears to involve the university significantly
through the use of its resources, facilities, or the participation of academic
colleagues, students, and staff;
Involves the use of the university's name or implied endorsement,
Violates any of the principles set forth in the Faculty
Handbook or Academic Policy
Manual (for example, giving the
outside organization the right to censor or prohibit publication rights for
research, any part of which is performed under university auspices).
Academic Policy Statement 950809
Attachment B: Disclosure Form