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Conflict of Interest: 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 real) does not necessarily mean that the conflict has resulted, or will result, in undue influence or bias to their 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 may impose on their OSU responsibilities and activities.
Research Conflict of Interest: A research COI (RCOI) exists when a "covered person" with responsibility for design, conduct, reporting, or oversight of OSU-affiliated research activities, has a financial interest external to OSU that could affect - or appear to affect - their research, research they help oversee, or their other OSU 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
|Executive Committee Members||Department/Unit|
|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.