Research Conflict of Interest (RCOI) Policy Term Definition

a significant outside interest of a UTMB employee or one of the employee’s immediate family members that could directly or significantly affect the employee’s performance of his or her institutional responsibilities. The proper discharge of an employee’s institutional responsibilities could be directly or significantly affected if the employment, service, activity, or interest: (1) might tend to influence the employee’s conduct, decisions, or judgment in the design, conduct, or reporting of research results or in exercising an institutional responsibility related to research; (2) could reasonably be expected to impair the employee’s judgment in performing his or her non-research related institutional responsibilities; or (3) might require or induce the employee to disclose confidential or proprietary information acquired through the performance of institutional responsibilities.