Conflict of Interest Policies

The conflict of interest and commitment program and related policies require specified staff and faculty to periodically report non-university activities and interests that could create conflicting loyalties, commitments, or responsibilities, or have the potential to create the appearance of conflicting loyalties, commitments, or responsibilities. Some of these activities could affect or appear to affect the employee's independent, unbiased judgment when making decisions on behalf of the university. The disclosure form assists in the implementation of these policies. 

Making a prompt disclosure through a periodic disclosure form sent to the employee, or on an ad-hoc basis, allows the university to review the outside activity and interest and determine if it is a real, potential, or perceived conflict and what actions need to be taken to mitigate, manage, or eliminate an identified conflict. The disclosure form also includes the annual certifications required by the university's Debarment and Suspension Policy. After reviewing a disclosure, the Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Privacy may seek clarification or additional information from you. Policy information and guidance for completing a disclosure form are contained in the links below.  

If at any time, you experience a situation which could create a conflict of interest or commitment or the appearance of one, it should be reported to the Office of Ethics, Compliance, and Privacy at [email protected].

Conflict of Interest and Commitment Policies

All members of the GW community should refer to the Code of Ethical Conduct

Trustees should refer to Trustee Conflicts of Interest Policy

Faculty and Investigators should refer to the Policy on Conflicts of Interest and Commitment for Faculty and Investigators

School of Medicine and Health Sciences Faculty, Investigators, and Staff should refer to the supplemental School of Medicine and Health Sciences Policy on Conflicts of Interest Related to Clinical Care

Staff should refer to the Conflict of Interest for Non-Faculty Employees

In addition to the Conflict of Interest for Non-Faculty Employees policy, Executives should refer to the Policy on Outside Professional Activities for Executives

Related Policies

Debarment and Suspension Policy

Personal Use of University Resources

Nepotism and Personal Relationships in Employment Policy

Conflict of Interest Records Entry Policy

Political Activity