Northeastern State University faculty and staff are to disclose potential conflicts of interest and commitment resulting from direct or indirect outside business, financial, employment, or consulting interests which are related to their University employment. It is each person's responsibility to provide this information to the Director of Human Resources for review by the University Affirmative Action/Conflict of Interest Committee.
Conflict of Interest Self Disclosure Statement (pdf)
Reporting of Potential Conflict by Others
Faculty, staff, or other individuals concerned about possible conflicts of interest or commitment may report such situations to the Affirmative Action/Conflict of Interest Committee. Such reports can be made anonymously and other guarantees can be provided that are consistent with typical protections for “whistle-blowers” provided by other government entities.
Review of Potential Conflicts of Interest and Commitment
If after consultation with the Director of Human Resources, it is determined that a possible violation of this policy has occurred, the matter will be referred to the Affirmative Action/Conflict of Interest Committee.
The subject of the investigation will be notified within 10 business days, unless notification would limit the effectiveness of the investigation. When it is determined that a violation has taken place, a written finding will be presented to the appropriate Vice President for action. Action will be based on the extent of the violation and the position held. Action will be consistent with the Faculty and Staff Handbooks and other governing body rules and regulations.
Right to Appeal
Either party has the right to appeal determination made due to violation of this policy. The appeal is made by a written request to the President of the University for review of the Vice President's decision and must be made within ten (10) business days of the date of the decision. If an appeal is not delivered to the President within the ten (10) business day period, the case is considered closed. The decision of the President shall be considered final and binding.
Conflicts of Interest Law
In addition to this policy, the state has imposed laws and rules governing conflicts of interest in state employment. This Policy overlaps with but does not take place of University employees’ responsibilities under state or federal law, which in some instances will include additional, and sometimes different, prohibitions, penalties and reporting duties. Federal conflicts of interest laws may also be applicable to those who receive federal grants/contracts or to those employed partly by federal agencies.
It is expected that all employees will abide by all applicable state and federal laws and regulations. There is a clear expectation that employees of the University will honor their employment commitments and will not abuse their positions at NSU by putting outside interests over the interests of the institution in the discharge of their official duties.
Freedom of Expression and Academic Freedom
This policy does not purport to prohibit expressive conduct protected from severe sanctions, punishment, or other undue burdens by the Constitutions of the United States and of Oklahoma. This policy shall not be construed to authorize the University to take adverse action against any employee for consulting or outside professional activities because of the employee’s viewpoint, ideology, belief, political opinion, or for any other political motivation.