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Do I need to give up any significant financial interests when there is a real or apparent conflict?

All outside financial interests must be reviewed on a case-by-case basis as there is no set formula that can be applied to determine whether or not a potential financial conflict of interest exists. Sorting through whether or not there is a relationship between an outside interest and someone's University Responsibilities can be complicated. It is best to err on the side of disclosure if you believe that there may be such a connection or when others might perceive such a connection to exist. To evaluate the interest and whether a conflict exists, it is helpful to describe in detail the relationship between the interest and your University Responsibilities. It is rare that a researcher will be required to divest a significant financial interest; however, it is a possible solution the COI Committee may recommend.

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