What is a Conflict of Interest?

A conflict of interest may take various forms but arises when an academic staff member is or may be in a position to influence University business, research, or other decisions in ways that could lead to any form of personal gain for the academic staff member or the staff member’s family, or give improper advantage to others to the University’s detriment.

Policy on Conflicts of Commitment and Interest

What is a Conflict of Commitment?

A conflict of commitment exists when the external or other activities and undertakings of an academic staff member are so substantial or demanding of the staff member’s time and attention as to interfere, or appear to interfere, with the individual’s responsibilities to the unit to which the individual is assigned, or to students, or to the University.

Policy on Conflicts of Commitment and Interest

Excerpts from State Law and University Regulations

No full-time member of the faculty of any State-supported institution of higher learning may undertake, contract for or accept anything of value in return for research or consulting services for any person other than that institution on whose faculty he or she serves unless (a) he or she has the prior written approval of the President of that institution, or a designee of such President, to perform the outside research or consulting services, such request to contain an estimate of the amount of time which will be involved, and (b) he or she submits to the President of that institution or such designee, annually, a statement of the amount of actual time he or she has spent on such outside research or consulting services.

110, Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) 200/1

No person employed by the University shall have any interests incompatible with that person’s obligations to the University.

The University of Illinois Statutes, (Article IX, Section 5b)

The responsibilities to the University of full-time members of the academic staff are fulfilled by the performance, appropriate to rank and terms of appointment, of teaching, scholarly research, continuing education and public service, and committee work and special assignments. Such staff members may carry on some professional or business activities of an income producing character, so long as such activities are compatible and not in conflict with University interests. The head of the department of which the employee is a member should know and approve of these activities outside the University.

The University of Illinois Statutes, (Article IX, Section 5d)

Procurement contracts involving expenditures of University funds are governed by Regulations Governing Procurement and Bidding at State Systems Universities in Illinois as adopted and amended from time to time by the Board of Trustees. Other University contracts may be awarded to any business entity, including those in which a University officer or employee (or members of their immediate families) serve as major officers or primary employees thereof, or hold a significant equity interest therein, if such contract is deemed in the best interests of the University, and has the approval of the President or his designee. Documentation of such approval shall be filed with the contract.

The General Rules Concerning University Organization and Procedure, (Article II, Section 4d)