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Institutional Conflicts of Interest are situations where a potential or existing financial interest relationship between the University and an external entity comprises the integrity of the institutional decision-making. The Institutional COI Committee is appointed directly by the Chancellor.

For research, an Institutional COI review generally occurs when:

  • University licensed Intellectual Property is being used in a human treatment study.
  • The University is manufacturing the drug or device being used in a human study.
  • An entity in which the University owns equity or has a financial interest is the sponsor, particularly for a human study.
  • The donor sponsoring a gift supporting a study also has an interest in the data results.

Questions about Institutional COI reviews should be directed to