Conflicts of Interest

It is the responsibility of Washington University and its employees to guard against conflicts of interest which might compromise the integrity and objectivity of the university community.

Read the WU Conflict of Interest Policy


Frequently Asked Questions


At the university’s website for the Office of Compliance:
Not necessarily. However, disclosure of the facts is required.
No. Gift certificates are considered cash instruments and may not be accepted.
Notify your supervisor.
Decline the offer and make your supervisor aware of the offer.
It depends on the circumstances. If the offer is a clear attempt to curry favor then you should absolutely decline the offer and notify your supervisor. If you happen to be involved in a meeting with the vendor and that carries over into a normal lunch period, you might consider accepting lunch. But the decision on any future business relationship should be based solely on the company’s ability to meet the University’s requirements for a given product or service and should not be influenced by any extraneous offerings.
Yes. But check with your supervisor for appropriate approvals in advance if you intend to seek reimbursement from WU.
Yes, but don’t waste time reporting the acceptance of promotional trinkets such as pens or note pads.
Yes. It is $75, annually, for all suppliers combined.