Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest exists when an individual's financial interests or other opportunities for tangible personal benefit may compromise, or reasonably appear to compromise, the independence of judgment with which the individual performs his/her responsibilities at the University.

The most current information about university policy and procedure can be found on the Conflict Disclosures and Management website at

Each individual is responsible for disclosing their own conflicts of interest. All individuals to whom the policy applies must annually complete the Michigan State University Conflict of Interest disclosure, even if no outside financial relationships exist.

The College of Human Medicine (CHM) policy applies to individuals appointed through the academic personnel system for whom the CHM is their lead college, all CHM students, and all residents affiliated with CHM. Throughout this policy, the term "individual(s)" pertains to faculty (which includes fellows and residents), academic specialists, staff and students.

The CHM policy is intended to complement existing University, College, and Affiliated Institution conflict of interest policies. If there is a conflict among those policies, the more stringent standard applies.

CHM Policy

Conflict of Interest Policy

Department chairs and unit directors can refer to these procedures for managing conflicts of interest.

For assistance and examples of management plans chairs/directors should contact CHM Faculty Affairs and Development at or 517-432-8722.