Conflict of Interest

All University of Akron employees are required to review and comply with these policies by promptly taking whatever steps are required to avoid, eliminate, remediate, or manage an actual conflict of interest and/or commitment.  This includes graduate students who are identified as investigators on externally funded grants.  

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) administers the annual update which is due April 30.  All employees are required to submit an update to their direct supervisor when situations arise that could represent a conflict of interest and/or commitment.  These updates should be completed on the form available with adjustments made as needed.     


  • UA Rule 3359-11-17
  • Conflict of Interest Rule Summary - Convenient guide summarizing the UA rules governing Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment
  • Definitions - This guide provides helpful definitions of numerous terms found throughout the Conflict of Interest/Conflict of Disclosure documentation.
  • Ohio Ethics Law - The Ohio Ethics Commission provides Ohio Ethics Law information, as well as pertinent sections of the Ohio Revised Code.

To print the 2013-14 Conflict of Interest forms and documents as a single pdf document, click HERE.


All University of Akron employees, as well as students identified as investigators on externally funded grants or contracts. University student assistants employed solely on an hourly pay basis, part-time teaching faculty, and employees working less than half-time are exempt from submitting the annual disclosure form but are required to comply with these policies.


No later than April 30, 2014.


Select the form(s). Complete, print, sign, and submit to immediate supervisor. 

Annual Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Disclosure Form, 2013-2014 PDF
Disclosure of Outside Activity: LESS than $10,000 or ONE DAY or LESS per week (Complete if needed.) PDF
Disclosure of Outside Activity: $10,000 or MORE or MORE than one day per week (Complete if needed.) PDF



Questions or concerns regarding these matters should be directed to department chairs, school directors, deans, or the Office of General Counsel.  Attention Supervisors! A computer with printer or a printed copy of the Annual Conflict of Interest/Disclosure forms must be made available to all UA employees. 

Every campus unit is required to submit copies of all annual Conflict forms to the Internal Auditor's Office, +6203, no later than May 31, 2014.

This procedure was implemented in 2006 by the UA Board of Trustees and UA Administration in order to establish a centralized storage and management procedure. Copies submitted to the Internal Auditor's Office should include any accompanying notes, documents and conflict management plans.

Original documents are to be retained within the colleges and/or departments as determined by each unit.

These forms are updated and made available every spring by the Office of Research Administration. 

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