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Conflict of Interest (COI)

A Conflict of Interest (COI) is a set of circumstances that creates a risk that professional judgment or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest. In research, a conflict of interest exists in any situation where the researcher has non-public information which can influence the outcome of research thru involvement in the design, conduct, or data/results assessment; does not apply to independent advisories.

Should you have any questions on the conflict of interest, conflict of commitment, policies, procedures, or regulations, please do not hesitate to contact:  Stephanie Peña, Director of Institutional Ethics & Compliance via email at

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