A conflict of interest may occur when an employee is in a position to make a decision in his or her capacity as a university employee that may result in personal or family gain, financial or otherwise. These conflicts often arise as a result of the employee’s external activities that are related to their research, teaching or outreach activities. The OSU policy recognizes that the potential for conflicts exist. The intent is to identify when such relationships exist and to appropriately manage the relationships in order to maintain the integrity of actions of all individuals. Disclosing a potential conflict of interest in no way suggests an inappropriate action by an employee but is instead a necessary management process within the University.