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Conflicts of Interest and Conflicts of Commitment

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The University is committed to basic values of transparency, integrity of scholarship, and independence as it pursues its mission to create, preserve, and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, and public service. Accordingly, Grand Valley State University allows and encourages faculty and staff to engage in outside activities and relationships that enhance the mission of the University. All faculty and staff members are to act with honesty, integrity, and in the best interest of the University when performing their duties, and to abide by the highest standards of research, educational, professional, and fiscal conduct.

Given that Grand Valley State University allows and encourages outside activities and relationships that enhance the mission of the University, potential conflicts of interest and commitment are inevitable. Outside activities should not, however, interfere with an individual’s University obligations. Faculty and staff must not use their official University positions or influence to further gain or advancement for themselves, parents, siblings, spouse or partner, children, dependent relatives, or other personal associates, at the expense of the University.

All actual and potential conflicts of interest or commitment must be disclosed to a designated University official; evaluated; and, if found to be significant, eliminated or managed. Academic or administrative units may require further disclosure and conflict management than mandated by this policy as may be deemed appropriate by the unit and its supervising administrator. For more information, read our Conflict of Interest in Research Policy.

More on this can be found in the GVSU Faculty Handbook, under Chapter 4: Administrative Manual, Section 1.6

The most recent version of the handbook can be found here.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form

Those required to disclose Conflicts of Interest include any personnel who are:

  • listed on a sponsored project or technology transfer application
  • an "Investigator" on research covered by GVSU policy and/or
  • a PI/Co-I on protocols submitted to GVSU's Human Research Review Committee or GVSU's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

If any of these apply to you, make sure to fill out GVSU's Investigator Conflict of Interest Disclosure and Certification Form.


To learn more about Conflicts of Interest, register for Epigeum Impact for brief educational training. Grand Valley State University supports Epigeum Impact for training of faculty, staff, and students in an effort to develop research best practices and safe research procedures. Click here to learn more about Epigeum Impact. 

Page last modified September 25, 2017