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Conflict of Interest: For OSU employees and affiliates, a general conflict of interest (COI) is when an individual has outside interests that affect - or appear to affect - their professional judgment in carrying out University responsibilities and duties.
The existence of a real or perceived conflict of interest does not mean that the outside interest has biased someone's University activities. However, a conflict of interest does increase the risk of unintentional bias related to their OSU responsibilities and activities. And it's possible that outside interests may tempt individuals to act in ways that result in bias related to those responsibilities and activities.
Research Conflict of Interest: A Research COI can occur when an OSU-affiliated individual - with responsibility for design, conduct, or reporting of research activities or results - has an outside interest that could affect or appear to affect that research or related responsibilities.
The Research Conflict of Interest Committee is made up of faculty representing the diverse academic research and scholarship disciplines, as well as administrative functions, at the University. The committee serves in an advisory capacity to the RCOI Officer who is responsible for reviewing, identifying, and managing potential conflicts of interest associated with research responsibilities, activities, and programs.
Associate Vice President for Research
|Dan Lykins (Chair)||Business|
|Michael Harte||Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences|
|Lisa Leventhal||Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)|
|David Dickson||Office of Commercialization and Corporate Development (OCCD)|
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 and committee members
Staci Simonich, Associate Vice President for Research
Responsibilities: Performs final review of disclosures; in-depth review and assessment of research conflict of interest cases; requests advice from RCOI committee members; exeutes RCOI assessments and management plans; and monitors research conflict of interest management plans along with RCOI committee members.