Conflict of Interest

Conflicts of Interest Management Plans

(Adapted with permission from Montana State University)

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The existence of a potential or actual conflict of interest does not imply wrongdoing. Activities can often continue when conflicts are managed. If UWW determines that the conflict is capable of management, a written plan is implemented. The purpose of the plan is to:

  1. Accurately describe the potential conflicts in writing
  2. Create explicit agreements to protect against actual conflicts
  3. Facilitate oversight

A plan manager, typically a supervisor or department head, is assigned to monitor the plan and ensure that safeguards are followed. Managers review plans with employees annually in the spring to cover the upcoming fiscal year. Plans are updated as circumstances change, and the annual reviews continue until the conflict no longer exists.

Disclosure is key to managing conflicts of interest. Submit new disclosures for evaluation to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs using the form via the link below, and ORSP will develop a plan that covers your specific situation. Management plans offer protection to both employees and the institution because they demonstrate a commitment to UWW, integrity, transparency, and a mechanism for monitoring.

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Location

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
800 West Main Street
2243 Andersen Library
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

Contact

Phone: 262-472-5212
Fax: 262-472-5214
Email: orsp@uww.edu