Conflict of interest: For an employee of the University, a general conflict of interest is when an individual’s outside interests affect or appear to affect his or her professional judgment in carrying out University responsibilities.
The existence of a conflict of interest does not mean that the outside interest is influencing University activities; however, a conflict of interest does increase the risk of unintentional bias and, in some cases, outside financial interests may tempt individuals to intentionally bias their University activities.
Research Conflict of Interest: The types of conflicts reviewed by the Office of Research Integrity, the RCOI Officer and the RCOI Committee are conflicts of interest in research. Research conflicts of interest occur when an individual responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of OSU research has an outside interest that may affect or appear to affect the research they are responsible for.
*Note: OSU policy specifically defines a research conflict of interest existing when the outside financial interest is “significant” (FAQ: SFI definition).
The Research Conflict of Interest Committee is made up of faculty representing the diverse academic and 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.
|Dan Lykins (Chair)||Business|
|Michael Harte||Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences|
|Anita Eisenstadt||COI Officer; Assistant Vice President for Research Integrity|
|Lisa Leventhal||Institutional Review Board|
|David Dickson||Office of Commercialization and Corporate Development|
Responsibilities: Providing educational opportunities for faculty; giving presentations on the RCOI Program; conducting preliminary reviews of disclosures; communicating with faculty to gather information regarding their research and financial interests; maintaining the online disclosure system; and providing support to the RCOI Officer and RCOI Committee.
Responsibilities: Final review of disclosures; in-depth review of research conflict of interest cases; requesting and considering advice from the RCOI Committee; and the execution and monitoring of research conflict of interest management.