Southeast Missouri State University

B. Southeast Missouri State University Conflict of Interests Policy

PREAMBLE

A fundamental principle of ethics is that any person who exercises discretionary authority on behalf of the University may not use, or appear to use, this authority for his or her own personal benefit.

It is, therefore, the basic policy of Southeast Missouri State University that all members of the University community have a duty to be free from the influence of any conflicting interests (as well as free from the influence of any interests which may appear to be conflicting) when they act on behalf of the University or represent it in negotiations or advise others within the University community with respect to dealing with third parties. Members of the University community are expected to act on behalf of the University on the sole basis of that which is in the best interests of the University without favor or preference (and without prejudice) to the third parties based on personal considerations.

GENERAL POLICY:
The Regents, faculty, employees and agents of the University shall faith- fully discharge their duties and shall refrain from knowingly engaging in any outside matters of financial interest incompatible with the impartial, objective and effective performance of their University duties. They shall not realize personal gain in any form which would influence improperly the conduct of their University duties. They shall not knowingly use University property, funds, position, or knowledge gained as a result of association with the University for personal or political gain. They shall be alert to and abstain from conduct which has the "appearance" of conflict of interests. They shall inform their supervisors in writing of reasonably foreseen potential conflicts. The faculty and staff members are expected to use their best judgment in carrying out their duties and responsibilities as deemed appropriate to the individual's profession and the University's mission.

USE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION:

Confidential information about the University obtained by reason of position or employment by the University shall not be used for personal financial gain or to the unfair advantage of another person.

OUTSIDE BUSINESS INTERESTS AND EMPLOYMENT:

Employees of the University, whether employed full time or part time, should avoid outside business interests or employment which may interfere with the performance of their duties to the University.

Commercial transactions with students should be avoided, particularly if the employee has decision-making authority over a student with respect to University matters, such as grades, advisement, academic probation, disciplinary sanctions, scholarships, loans, or student employment.

Notification of outside employment for remuneration or of outside business interests requiring substantial personal attention (including consultation requests and employment at other academic institutions) must be given in writing in accordance with the applicable personnel policy.

FACULTY HANDBOOK: FACULTY PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Outside Employment:
  1. Academic Year - Faculty members under contract for full-time employment have a paramount responsibility to the University. Notification of any outside employment for remuneration during the academic year, including employment at other institutions, must be given in advance and in writing to the department chairperson, college dean, and Provost. Prior approval is not necessary, but reporting is required.
  2. Summer - Faculty members not under contract to provide services to the University during the summer months may be engaged in other employment.
CONSULTATION:

Consultation, whether income-producing or otherwise, is the application of professional and scholarly expertise in the external community. It is the policy of the University to permit consulting activities that

  1. Are related to the professional interests and development of the faculty member or employee.
  2. Do not interfere with regular duties.
  3. Do not utilize University materials, facilities or resources except as may be allowed under University business policies.
  4. Are in agreement with the American Association of University Professors/American Council on Education (AAUP/ACE) Statement on Conflict of Interests and with the requirements of accreditation for the particular school or unit in question.
  5. Do not compete with the work of the University and are not otherwise contrary to the best interests of the University.
  6. Do not violate federal or state law.
  7. Do not represent a conflict of interests under other policies of the University.

Conflict of Interests Policy

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