What to Report
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 in UFOLIO, as well as inside and outside activities that should not be disclosed in UFOLIO.
Need to know the basics? This resource gives an at-a-glance overview of UF conflicts of interest and disclosures of outside activities and interests information, including general reporting parameters.
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 submitting disclosures in UFOLIO.
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
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 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.
This document lists each question in the UFOLIO disclosure survey and provides additional information about the questions as well as examples of what might qualify
This resource gives a visual representation of how disclosures are routed for approval in UFOLIO.
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.
Permission to accept outside employment or to engage in private business activities is subject to the conditions, limitations, or restrictions outlined in University of Florida Regulation 1.011. The following guidelines have been developed to assist Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) faculty members and administrators in evaluating the appropriateness of certain outside activities with regard to the particular concerns and goals of IFAS.
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.
The NIH is committed to preserving the public’s trust that the research we support is conducted without bias and with the highest scientific and ethical standards. The regulation on promoting objectivity in research establishes the standards to provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of NIH research will be free from bias resulting from investigators’ financial conflicts of interest.
NSF’s Investigator Financial Disclosure Policy requires that grantee institutions employing more than fifty persons maintain their own conflict of interests policies, and establishes certain minimum requirements for those policies. It also requires certifications from principal investigators, co-principal investigators and authorized institutional representatives.
This policy (42 CFR Part 50) promotes objectivity in research by establishing standards to ensure there is no reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, or reporting of research funded under PHS grants or cooperative agreements will be biased by any conflicting financial interest of an Investigator.
Florida recently passed a bill regarding disclosures of outside activities and interests with strict penalties for failure to disclose. Official publication in the 2020 Florida Statutes is pending.
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