To determine if the unit administers Conflict of Interest policy in accordance with Institute criteria.
Institute policy contained in Human Resources Manual, Section 5.4 entitled Conflict of Interest, emphasizes that for proper operation of democratic government, public officials must be independent and impartial and this objective could be impaired if a conflict exists between the private interests of a government employee and his or her duties. Institute procedures cover potential conflicts of interest pertaining to consulting services and an employee conducting business on behalf of the Institute with a business in which that person has a substantial financial interest. The Institute guidance specifies that no employee shall undertake any activity which constitutes a conflict of interest except as may be expressly approved and/or managed pursuant to the provisions of the stated policy. The Institute’s policy regarding Conflict of Interest is available at http://www.policylibrary.gatech.edu/faculty-handbook/5.6-conflict-interest-and-outside-professional-activity-policy
Specifically, this guidance requires faculty to disclose any conflict of interest which arises during the course of the employee's employment to a responsible representative of the Institution. The reporting of a conflict of interest shall be aided by the completion of the "Georgia Institute of Technology Report on Outside Professional activity and Potential Conflict of Interest" form. Every faculty member must submit a completed request form at least annually on July 1 of each year to the responsible representative of the Institution. The Request Form shall be updated by the faculty member if the facts reported in the form change. The responsible representative of the Institution to whom a financial disclosure or report of a conflict of interest is made shall review the disclosure and shall make a determination whether a conflict of interest exists. A conflict of interest exists when the representative determines that a significant financial interest could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct, or reporting of the research or reduction activities funded or purposed for funding by a potential sponsor. Should a conflict of interest exist, the responsible representative of the Institution shall determine what restrictions, if any, should be imposed by the Institution to manage, reduce or eliminate such conflict of interest prior to the Institution's expenditure of any such funds.
If the unit fails to obtain and administer conflict of interest statements from employees the Institute could be at risk if there is conflict between the private interests of an Institute employee and his or her duties. It is essential to the proper operation of democratic government that public officials be independent and impartial. If a conflict exists, the conduct of impartial government business may be impaired and the Institute and individual could be subjected to fines and adverse publicity.