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Chapter 11I: Conflict of Interest

Conflicts of Interest (COI) and Commitment Conflicts of Interest are not necessarily good or bad. What is important is how they are managed, and such conflicts must be acknowledged. A COI occurs when the personal and professional interests of a researcher, trainees, and collaborators conflict in certain areas. For example, these areas may include financial gain, work commitments, intellectual property, and personal matters. The Conflict of Interest Committee reviews conflicts and helps researchers devise plans to manage or eliminate conflicts. If you have a question or a concern about a potential conflict in your work group, contact the COI Coordinator at WSU’s Executive Policy 27 describes WSU’s Conflict of Interest policy.


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