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Faculty Compliance Module VI: Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest is any outside employment or activity, as determined by the president, that interferes or conflicts with the employee's Texas State duties and responsibilities, and includes, as a minimum, the situations described in UPPS No. 01.04.02, Ethics Policy; UPPS No. 02.02.07, Investigator Conflicts of Interest and Conflicts of Commitment in Sponsored Research and Other Sponsored Activities, and Chapter V, Sections 4.83 and Chapter VII of The Texas State University System Regents' Rules.

An officer or employee of a state agency shall report to that agency's chief executive, not later than the 10th day after the date on which a private consultant submits an offer to provide consulting services to the agency, any financial interest that:

  • the officer or employee has in the private consultant who submitted the offer; or
  • an individual who is related to the officer or employee within the second degree by
        consanguinity or affinity, as determined under Chapter 573, has in the private
        consultant who submitted the offer. (Texas Gov't. Code Ann. § 2254.032: Conflicts of Interest)

A faculty member must obtain authorization to use, in classes he or she teaches, any textbook, notebook, manual or other materials written or prepared by a university faculty member for which a charge is made. PPS 4.10 - Faculty Authored Teaching.

The university prohibits personal use of university property and equipment. Under some circumstances, state law allows minimal use with the prior written approval of the employee's supervisor.  Examples include an employee's receipt of a personal communication on a university fax machine or an employee who is taking a university class using one of his or her office computers to type a term paper. UPPS No. 05.01.01 (06.01)

For any other questions, please refer to the Faculty Handbook.