Conflicts of Interest and Commitment
University of Idaho policies on conflicts of interest and commitment stipulate that full-time faculty and staff owe their primary professional allegiance to the university. Outside activities and obligations must be arranged in ways that respect this relationship and that do not interfere with an individual’s university responsibilities.
Conflicts of interest
Conflicts of interest are situations in which an individual’s university activities might be, or might appear to be, influenced by considerations of personal gain (financial or otherwise).
Conflicts of commitment
Conflicts of commitment are situations in which an individual’s outside activities (consulting, public service or pro bono efforts) may interfere or appear to interfere with the quality or performance of university duties. Both types of conflict can affect university-based research and both are addressed by university and sponsor guidelines.