Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest (COI) is a legal term that encompasses a wide spectrum of behaviors or actions involving personal gain or financial interest. Under University policy, the term "conflict of interest" denotes situations in which a member of the University community is in a position to gain personal benefit (broadly construed) or financial advantage arising from their University position, either through outside professional activities or through their actions or decisions at the University, including research, administrative, or educational activities. Because University employees are also State employees, the Maryland State Ethics Law governing conflict of interest also applies.

We strongly recommend that you review the links listed below to understand the UMD policies and procedures addressing conflict of interest.


Required Training Back to Top

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Register and enroll in the "Conflict of Interest Mini-Course." This course and associated quizzes should take 30-60 minutes to complete. If you pass the quizzes, the training is good for four years. You will be sent an automatic reminder when your training is due to expire.


COI Disclosure Submission Back to Top

Submit COI disclosures via campus mail to:

Joseph M. Smith
1204 Marie Mount Hall


Helpful Links Back to Top

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form
COI Annual Review Form
COI Annual Review Quick Reference
COI Disclosure Submission Checklist
Oversight Official for COI Conditions Template
Employee Acknowledgement – General
Employee Acknowledgement – Married Couple
COI Disclosure Process
Conflict of Interest Guidelines for Private Company Grants/Contracts
Conflict of Interest Information for MIPS proposals
COI Frequently Asked Questions


University of Maryland Policies and Procedures on COI Back to Top

Policy on Conflict of Interest & Conflict of Commitment, Section II-3.10(A)
Procedures on Conflict of Interest & Conflict of Commitment, Section II-3.10(B)


COI Meeting Dates 2018 Back to Top

Meeting Dates
January 17, 2018
February 14, 2018
March 14, 2018
April 11, 2018
May 9, 2018
June 13, 2018
July 11, 2018
August 8, 2018
September 12, 2018
October 10, 2018
November 7, 2018
December 12, 2018



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