Conflicts of interest
Commercial and non-profit entities
Generally, UW Medicine expects faculty members to avoid or, in certain cases, disclose and address perceived or real conflicts of interest between your responsibilities as faculty of the School of Medicine and your activities with outside commercial or non-profit entities.
At the same time, UW Medicine encourages appropriate relationships between School of Medicine faculty and industry in so far as those relationships further the mission of UW Medicine to improve the health of the public through discovery, education, and patient care.
If you wish to engage in outside activities for compensation, you must obtain prospective approval for these activities by completing the required forms.
Financial conflicts of interest
All UW investigators must disclose whether or not they have significant financial interest (SFI) for every funding proposal via the Financial Interest Disclosure System (FIDS).
In addition to disclosing significant financial interests (SFI), Public Health Service (PHS) funded investigators must also complete Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI) training once every 4 years.
Family and household members
For conflicts of interest related to personnel actions, hiring, and supervising family and household members, please visit COI/family and household members section of our intranet.
Faculty Code Standard of Conduct
The University of Washington has established standards for conduct and expectations for appropriate behavior.
The Faculty Code sets forth expectations for behavior and methods for resolving allegations of misconduct.
Office of Research Misconduct Proceedings
The Office of Research Misconduct Proceedings (ORMP) coordinates the University’s handling of allegations of research misconduct against members of the University community. Research misconduct is defined to be fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.
Title IX Regulations and Training
Title IX, Title VII, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Washington State law, and University of Washington policy collectively prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, pregnant or parenting status, and LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) identity.
UW Medicine Policy on Professional Conduct
UW Medicine is committed to high standards of professionalism in patient care, research and education and related activities that support them among our faculty, staff, trainees, and students. We expect our community to maintain these standards while present on campus or during travel representing UW Medicine. Professionalism is integral to our mission of improving health and includes demonstrating excellence, equity, respect, integrity, compassion, altruism, accountability, honesty, and service in all endeavors and creating an environment supportive of diversity in ideas, perspectives, and experiences. All individuals in our UW Medicine community are responsible for creating an inclusive environment where every person is valued and honored.