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)


Policy on Institutional Conflicts of Interest, Section X-14(A)

University of Maryland Policy on Use of University Facilities by Non-University Users For Research-Related Activities, Section VIII-14.00(A)


COI Meeting Dates 2020Back to Top

Meeting Dates
January 15, 2020
February 12, 2020
March 11, 2020
April 8, 2020
May 13, 2020
June 10, 2020
July 15, 2020
August 12, 2020
September 9, 2020
October 14, 2020
November 11, 2020
December 9, 2020



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