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Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest (COI) is a legal term that encompasses a wide spectrum of behaviors or actions involving personal gain or financial interest. Under University policy, the term "conflict of interest" denotes situations in which a member of the University community is in a position to gain personal benefit (broadly construed) or financial advantage arising from their University position, either through outside professional activities or through their actions or decisions at the University, including research, administrative, or educational activities. Because University employees are also State employees, the Maryland State Ethics Law governing conflict of interest also applies.

We strongly recommend that you review the links listed below to understand the UMD policies and procedures addressing conflict of interest.

Required Training

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Register and enroll in the "Conflict of Interest Mini-Course." This course and associated quizzes should take 30-60 minutes to complete. If you pass the quizzes, the training is good for four years. You will be sent an automatic reminder when your training is due to expire.

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COI Disclosure Submission

Submit COI disclosures via campus mail to:

Joseph M. Smith
1204 Marie Mount Hall

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Helpful Links

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University of Maryland Policies and Procedures on COI

Policy on Conflict of Interest & Conflict of Committment, Section II-3.10(A)

Procedures on Conflict of Interest & Conflict of Committment, Section II-3.10(B)