What to Report*
*Until further notice, expert witness/legal consulting outside activities where the State of Florida is a party to the proceedings will be reviewed for conflicts of commitments only.
UF Policy requires that employees update their outside activity/financial interest disclosures when there has been a material change to what they previously disclosed. This begs the question: what is a material change? This resource provides examples of and guidance regarding what is considered a material change.
Are you uncertain if an activity should be disclosed in UFOLIO? This resource guides you through steps to determine if something is an “inside activity” that is part of an employee’s UF job duties. Inside activities should not be disclosed in UFOLIO; reportable outside activities must be disclosed and approved in advance.
If you work in the College of the Arts, this version of the Inside Activity Decision Tree is for you! Inside research activities in COTA are unique from other fields/colleges at UF, and this resource accounts for that uniqueness.
This chart describes the categories of activities/interests to disclose with illustrative examples and exceptions for each category.
This document provides helpful examples of outside activities that must be disclosed, as well as inside and outside activities that should not be disclosed.
This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about UFOLIO, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. The course gives an overview of what UFOLIO is, why it is being used, and what it means for employees.
This course is designed for supervisors who review UFOLIO disclosures submitted by their employees. It explains what is expected of a Level 1 Reviewer with step-by-step instructions.
This improved and updated resource provides step-by-step instructions for submitting disclosures in UFOLIO.
This new guide is designed for supervisory reviewers of PDF disclosure forms. It outlines recent changes in disclosure requirements, lists the items that supervisors should review for, and provides instructions regarding form processing.
Do you need help figuring out how to do something in UFOLIO? Check out this new guide with common UFOLIO functionality questions. Please note, there are two versions of this guide: this print version has no screen shots and can be easily printed and referenced.
Do you need help figuring out how to do something in UFOLIO? Check out this new guide with common UFOLIO functionality questions. Please note, there are two versions of this guide: this screen version is not ideal for printing, but has images and screen shots which are easy to follow.
This checklist provides a list of what all Level 1 Reviewers in UFOLIO are expected to consider when conducting a supervisory review of disclosures.
This resource provides step-by-step instructions for supervisors to accept a disclosure that was manually assigned to them.
This resource provides step-by-step instructions for supervisors to review, approve/disapprove, and reassign disclosures.
General Information, Policies, and Regulations
Recent changes to the disclosure review process are reflected in this updated resource which contains two flowcharts: a basic summary on the first page, and a detailed view on the second page.
When a disclosure is submitted in UFOLIO, it undergoes a minimum of two reviews: one by the employee’s supervisor (“Level 1”), and one by the Conflicts of Interest Program (“Level 2”). However, depending upon the type and nature of the disclosure, additional review by subject matter experts known as “Ancillary Reviewers” may be necessary prior to Level 2 Review. There are seven types of ancillaries in the UFOLIO system; this resource describes each ancillary’s role and outlines general criteria which are likely to prompt each type of ancillary review.
The Conflicts of Interest Program reviews disclosures submitted through UFOLIO by considering various risk factors and applying a heightened level of scrutiny for disclosure types that commonly present higher risk. This document illustrates how the COI Program generally applies different levels of scrutiny to different types of disclosures. This document is intended for illustrative purposes only and is not an exhaustive list of disclosure types.
The University of Florida encourages its Employees to engage in activities supporting their professional growth, creating new knowledge and ideas, and furthering the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, and service. University Employees’ primary professional obligation, however, is to act in the best interest of the University and to maintain the highest ethical and professional standards. A University Employee’s Outside Activities or interests must not conflict, or appear to conflict, with their professional obligations to the University of Florida.
The University of Florida encourages its Faculty and Staff to engage in activities supporting their professional growth, creating new knowledge and ideas, and furthering the University’s mission of excellence in education, research, and service. University employees, however, have an obligation to commit their primary professional time and intellectual energy to the University and maintain the highest ethical and professional standards. Further, personal gain from Outside Activities or Financial Interests, as defined in the University of Florida Policy on Conflicts of Commitment and Interest, must not influence—or create the appearance of influencing—the decisions or actions of the University.
The University of Florida Intellectual Property Policy is meant to encourage and enable technology development and transfer for the benefit of the public. Adequate recognition of and incentive to potential inventors through sharing of financial benefits resulting from the transfer and development of patentable inventions and other marketable forms of intellectual property encourages the creation of such intellectual property. At the same time, the University’s share in the financial benefits provides funds for further research at the University.
COM personnel must pay particular attention to potential conflicts of interest in connection with Industry in order to protect the integrity of professional judgments and to preserve public trust in physicians, researchers and academic medical institutions. The goal of the COM Industry Conflicts Policy is to increase transparency respecting Industry interactions and to eliminate or mitigate conflicts of interest created by these interactions. All interactions between COM personnel and Industry must be consistent with the policy.
COM personnel must pay particular attention to potential conflicts of interest in connection with Industry in order to protect the integrity of professional judgments and to preserve public trust in physicians, researchers, and academic medical institutions. This policy applies to all COM personnel. This policy is supplemental to and does not supersede the University of Florida’s policy regarding the disclosure of outside activities, financial interests and conflict of interest, which is applicable to all University of Florida employees as set forth in University of Florida Regulation 1.011.
In coordination with the UF Conflicts of Interest Program, the Research Conflict of Interest Program (RCOI) reviews and manages disclosures that have the potential to bias research.
Why does UF require faculty and staff to report their activities and financial interests? To learn more about our university’s legal requirements, take a look at the below sites.
The Florida Commission on Ethics is a nine-member Commission with a staff of approximately twenty-five employees located in Tallahassee, that serves as the guardian of the standards of conduct for officers and employees of Florida and its political subdivisions and functions as an independent commission responsible for investigating and issuing public reports on complaints of breach of the public trust by public officers and employees. The Commission also renders legally binding advisory opinions interpreting the ethics laws and implements the State’s financial disclosure laws.
It is essential to the proper conduct and operation of government that public officials be independent and impartial and that public office not be used for private gain other than the remuneration provided by law. The public interest, therefore, requires that the law protect against any conflict of interest and establish standards for the conduct of elected officials and government employees in situations where conflicts may exist.
On July 1, 2020, a new COI law went into effect with strict penalties for failure to disclose as required under the law.
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