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
COI Disclosure Submission
Helpful Links
University of Maryland Policy and Procedures on COI
COI Meeting Dates 2017


Required Training

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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.

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COI Disclosure Submission

Submit COI disclosures via campus mail to:

Joseph M. Smith
1204 Marie Mount Hall

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Helpful Links

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


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University of Maryland Policies and Procedures on COI

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)

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 COI Meeting Dates 2017

Meeting Dates
January 11, 2017
February 8, 2017
March 8, 2017
April 12, 2017
May 10, 2017
June 14, 2017
July 12, 2017
September 12, 2017
October 11, 2017
November 8,2017
December 13, 2017

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