A conflict of interest (COI) occurs when a person has relationships or interests that affect - or could appear to affect - their professional judgment as they perform their OSU-affiliated work and responsibilities.
The existence of a conflict of interest (perceived, potential, or actual) does not necessarily mean that the conflict has resulted, or will result, in undue influence or bias to a person's work at OSU. However, it does increase the risk that a person will not recognize and/or appropriately manage the influence(s) that their additional relationships or interests can impose on their OSU responsibilities and activities.
A research COI (RCOI) exists when a person with responsibility for some aspect of OSU-affiliated research design, conduct, reporting, or oversight has a relationship with or interest in an entity that is external to OSU which could affect - or appear to affect - their research, research they help oversee, or other activities that relate to their OSU roles and responsibilities.
Responsibilities: Provides educational opportunities for faculty about various aspects of OSU's RCOI Program; conducts disclosure submission pre-reviews and communicates with submitters as needed to gather information regarding their research, supervisory, and financial interests; maintains the COI online disclosure system; provides support to the RCOI Officer
Irem Y. Tumer, Vice President for Research
Responsibilities: Performs final review of disclosures; in-depth review and assessment of research conflict of interest cases; executes RCOI assessments and management plans; and monitors research conflict of interest management plans along with a person's supervisor, and their unit or college administrators.