Conflict of Interest

George Mason University supports faculty innovation and collaboration. One outcome of increased collaboration is an increased need for review of outside interactions. Mason conducts these reviews following policies 4001 and 4010 and the use of a conflict of interest (COI) committee. This site provides faculty resources related to disclosure and review of outside interactions.

In fulfilling George Mason University’s commitment to its research, education, and service missions, Mason regularly encourages its faculty to engage in relationships with external organizations and communities. These entities may include small businesses, industry, non-profits, government, etc. Many aspects of these interactions are seen as pivotal in creating, promoting, and supporting the research, educational, and service missions of the university. However, these relationships with external organizations must be legal and ethical and cannot create conflicts of interest that could result in violation of federal regulations or of Virginia law. Under Virginia law actions can include both criminal penalties and civil sanctions.

The committee cannot offer nor should any guidance given be construed as legal advice. Advisory opinions regarding the Commonwealth of Virginia Conflict of Interests Act may be obtained from the Attorney General pursuant to §2.2-3121 of the Code of Virginia.  Please use the links in the left-navigation menu to explore ORIA’s COI information.

To submit a COI disclosure, click here.