Conflict of Interest

The University of California, Santa Cruz, has high standards for faculty conduct, including the conduct of research, as discussed in the University of California Faculty Handbook and the Academic Personnel Policy Manual. All UCSC investigators are expected to carry out research consistent with these standards

Even when these high standards have been met, however, conflicts of interest or perceptions of conflicts may still occur when there is a convergence of an investigator's private interests with his or her research interests, such that an independent observer might reasonably question whether the investigator's professional actions or decisions are improperly influenced by considerations of personal financial gain. Such conflicts are common in modern research universities and do not necessarily impugn the character or actions of any individual.

The university is obligated by external requirements to require disclosure of personal interests for extramural funding. Such disclosure processes are the most widely accepted method for identifying and managing actual or potential conflicts of interest related to sponsored projects in public institutions. The Conflict of Interest Review Committee (COIRC) has been established to comply with regulations that require review of such potential conflicts. When the university determines that a positive disclosure might reasonably appear to be directly and significantly affected by the sponsored project, the university will take steps either to manage or to eliminate the conflict.

The COIRC reviews disclosable financial interests related to their extramural funding submissions, as well as positive conflict of interest disclosures reported in human subjects research on the IRB application.