Institutional Conflict of Interest

Penn State’s Institutional Conflict of Interest Policy establishes coordinated reporting of University financial interests from various offices and annual disclosure of financial and business interests of University Officials (as defined in AD83).  The University's Institutional Conflict of Interest Committee is appointed by the President to review financial or business interests of the University and of University Officials for potential institutional conflicts of interest and the development and monitoring of management plans. When an institutional conflict of interest is identified by the Committee, a management plan will be implemented to manage, reduce, or eliminate the institutional conflict.

University Officials

University Officials are required to submit annual financial disclosures in COINS, the University’s Conflict of Interest System. Some University Officials may also be Researchers, and therefore be required to submit two separate disclosures in COINS, one for policy AD83, and one for policy RP06 (see: Individual Conflict of Interest). 

Institutional COI Policies and Guidelines


Committee Membership

The Committee consists of at least five voting members and each member must have at least one of the following credentials:

  • Senior leader at the University
  • Faculty member from University Park
  • Representative from the Office of Internal Audit
  • Senior representative from the College of Medicine
  • University's Conflict of Interest Official
  • The ex-officio/non-voting members of the Committee are:
  • Associate Vice-President for Research and Technology Transfer
  • Associate Vice-President for Development
  • Conflict of Interest Program Coordinator
  • Attorney from University Legal Counsel

Institutional COI Meeting Schedule

Meeting Dates Meeting Times
January 29, 2024 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
April 10, 2024 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
July 10, 2024 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
October 8, 2024 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the confidential nature of the information discussed, Committee meetings are not open to the public. Meetings may be canceled if there is not a quorum or if no new disclosures were received.