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Originally Issued: January 1996
Revision Date: July 2012

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish requirements for identifying, managing, reducing, and/or eliminating conflicts of interest and managing compensated outside services. This policy complies with the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), State of Nevada requirements, and federal financial conflict of interest regulations.

Entities Affected by this Policy

All UNLV units are affected by this policy.

Who Should Read this Policy

All UNLV employees must read and understand this policy.

Policy

UNLV must comply with federal, state, and NSHE regulations related to conflicts of interest and compensated outside services. Based on these requirements, all faculty and professional staff must identify all potential conflicts of interest and all compensated outside service through annual submission of a completed disclosure form. They must also submit an updated form and obtain supervisor approval prior to either participating in any new activity that may lead to a conflict of interest, or agreeing to perform any new compensated outside service. Individuals affiliated with the university through sponsored projects must disclose potential conflicts of interest prior to their participation in such projects. Additional information on the disclosure and review process is available in the Conflict of Interest Rules and Procedures.

All conflicts of interest must be managed (through management plans, reduction, or elimination), and all employees must comply with NSHE policies regarding compensated outside services.

UNLV must report conflicts of interest associated with sponsored projects to the relevant federal funding agencies, and both conflicts of interest and compensated outside services must be reported to the Board of Regents.

This policy and associated rules and procedures must remain available on a publicly accessible university website.

Definitions

Conflict of Interest or COI

Any outside activity or interest that may, or may appear to, adversely affect, compromise, or be incompatible with the obligations of an employee in the institution. Conflict of interest encompasses any situation in which an employee of the university uses, or is in a position to use, his or her influence and authority within the university to advance his or her own personal or financial interest, or the personal or financial interests of individuals in the employee's household; persons to whom the employee is related by blood, adoption or marriage within the third degree of consanguinity; or persons with whom the employee has substantial and continuing outside business relationships. The bias of such conflicts could conceivably inappropriately affect the goals of research, instructional or administrative programs. The education of students, the methods of analysis and interpretation of research data, the hiring of staff, procurement of materials, and other administrative tasks at the University must be free of undue influence of outside interests. For the purposes of reporting COIs to federal funding agencies, the federal definition(s) supersedes the above definition and will be used to determine which COIs must be reported.

Compensated Outside Services

Includes outside compensated work or scholarly services performed by a university employee, but does not include income derived solely from passive investments. Provision of compensated outside services is recognized as a legitimate activity unless specifically prohibited by an employee's contract of employment. Compensated outside service is not considered appropriate when it interferes with the regular work of the university employee; involves unauthorized use of university facilities, personnel, or other resources; subjects other individuals or companies engaged in private practice to unfair competition; violates the general requirements of Nevada Revised Statutes 281A.400 -281A.410; or involves a conflict of interest specified by NSHE or university policy.