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New Mexico State University is committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethics and integrity in all of its academic and administrative operations.  Both individual members of the University and entities controlled by the University have a vital need to recognize and deal with conflicts of interest and/or commitment.  Such conflicts may compromise or have the appearance of compromising the integrity of University related activities and may have unforeseen effects on those activities.

Therefore, conflicts of interest and commitment must be reported by all regular employees (full and part-time faculty and staff) under the following circumstances:

  • Upon hire
  • Annually when initiated by HR Services in the Fall Semester
  • When a conflict or the appearance of a conflict arises that has not been reported. 
     

Understanding Conflict of Interest in Research

Federal regulations, state laws and University policies related to research conflicts of interest recognize that faculty may have financial interests in sponsors of their research and/or in entities with business interests closely related to their research.  A conflict of interest in research refers to a situation in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, an investigator’s professional judgment in conducting or reporting research.

Faculty members must submit financial disclosure forms at the time of proposal submission for research funding, when research gift funding is received, and when an application for protocol is submitted for a clinical study.   In situations where a financial interest and possible conflict of interest are disclosed, an independent substantive review committee must review each disclosure on a case-by-case basis.  At NMSU, that committee is under the Vice President for Research.   This website contains information regarding the Committee, this process, and the regulations, laws, policies, and guidelines that govern disclosure of conflicts of interest.

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New Mexico State University
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