ERIC Number: ED427622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
A Guide to Conflict of Interest and Disclosure. The Fundamentals. Board Basics.
Ingram, Richard T.
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
This booklet offers guidelines for conflict of interest issues and disclosure for members of governing boards of institutions of higher education. It urges institutions to develop conflict-of-interest policy documents to guide decisions concerning such topics as defining what constitutes "conflict of interest"; the board's role in cases of an "appearance" of conflict of interest; when a perceived conflict of interest should be addressed; who is responsible for requesting board attention and action; maintaining balance in light of the need to seek members who are influential people with diverse affiliations; and whether board policy should specify most possible conflicts of interest. A general guideline offered suggests that any time a trustee or institutional officer (or family member or business associate) stands to gain financially (either directly or indirectly) from a specific transaction, there is a potential conflict of interest. Examples of relatively easy and more difficult situations are offered. The booklet warns that policy guidelines and annual disclosure requirements should strike a balance between being overly prescriptive or so vague that they are easily ignored or ineffective. Also provided are some criteria for defining conflict of interest, as well as a sample conflict of interest policy statement. (DB)
Descriptors: Conflict of Interest, Decision Making, Disclosure, Ethics, Governance, Governing Boards, Guidelines, Higher Education, Policy Formation, Role Conflict
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.