FAQ Category: Conflicts of Interest (COI)

Why is ORS making this change?

Some UH faculty who do not engage in extramurally-funded activities did not want to have to complete a lengthy disclosure that included questions pertaining to federal sponsorship.  Therefore, ORS isolated the disclosure requirements pertaining to extramurally-funded activities in the new COI module. The Office of Human Resources (OHR) will be looking at the remaining questions …

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How often must I submit a record in the COI module?

Your record in the COI module must be submitted no less than annually (i.e., at least every 365 days).  Additionally, during the course of the year, if you or your immediate family have new Significant Financial Interests (SFI), your record in the COI module must be updated immediately.

What does “significant financial interests” mean?

Significant Financial Interests (SFIs) refer to any of the following received in the past 12 months from non-UH entities, including: Remuneration from any entity: value in excess of $5,000, aggregated per entity; Equity interests (e.g., stock) For publicly traded entities: value in excess of $5,000, aggregated per entity, For non-publicly traded entities: ANY value Intellectual …

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I have Significant Financial Interests (SFI) to disclose. What must I do to ensure compliance with UH policy?

If you have SFI to disclose, you must submit a record in the COI module as soon as the SFI is acquired.  If you already have an established COI module disclosure and acquire new SFI, you must revise your record in the COI module immediately.  If you need to edit your disclosure because you have …

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What if a potential conflict is identified? Will it stop my proposal from going to my sponsor?

If a potential conflict is identified in your disclosure, it will not stop your proposal from being submitted.  ORS will work with you, your immediate supervisor, and the UH Conflict of Interest Committee, if necessary, to come up with a mutually acceptable management plan that will address the conflict.  The management plan may be drafted …

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