Research Integrity

Conflict of Interest (IN Statute: Pecuniary Interest)

A conflict of interest occurs when an individual is able to influence or benefit from the individual’s position or relationships with others.  This ability to influence or benefit is different than others’ abilities to influence or benefit.  Some could term this an “unfair advantage.”

According to Indiana law (IC 35-44-1-3), an Employee who knowingly or intentionally has a monetary interest in or profits from a University contract or purchase may have a conflict of interest. Failure to disclose this conflict is a Class D felony punishable by fines and/or imprisonment. In order to be in compliance with this policy, an employee must make the required disclosure in advance of the contract or purchase and the disclosure must be approved in advance by the Board of Trustees and submitted to the Indiana State Board of Accounts.

According to Ball State University Policy (Page 210, 2013-2014 Ball State University Faculty and Professional Personnel Handbook), a conflict of interest exists when a University employee is in a position to influence, either directly or indirectly, University business, research or other decisions in matters in which the employee or a dependent of the employee has a significant financial interest.

Located here is an unofficial Pecuniary Interest form. This version if form-fillable and is under final review, but can be used in the interim if you need to submit an Indiana State Conflict of Interest disclosure to either the Business and Auxiliary Services Office of rhe Provost's Office. If you need the current official form, please contact these offices.

The Ball State University Conflict of Interest program is administered by the Office of Business Affairs, please visit their website for the proper procedures for disclosing a conflict of interest.

Attention: As many of you are aware, the Ball State Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment policies, procedures and forms are being updated and revised in order to meet current changes in various local, state, and federal regulations. While this process is occurring, if you have a conflict of interest or conflict of commitment to disclose, please use this form and fill in the information to the best of your knowledge. Please note that any conflict of interest that is governed by the Indiana Conflict of Interest statute will still need to be filed with either the Business and Auxiliary Services Office (conflict of interest related to business contracting issues) or the Provost's Office (conflict of interest involving academic contracting issues). Any other non-federally funded research conflict of interest or conflict of commitment disclosure will be filed with the Office of Research Integrity. At this time, please only file a disclosure form for actual or pending conflict(s).