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A. General Conflict of Interest and/or Commitments

All benefits-eligible employees must report their actual and potential conflicts of interest and conflicts of commitment. In addition, individuals submit or receive extramural grants or contracts and who are responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of programmatic results must also report their conflicts of commitment or interest.

Please see specific questions on the Annual Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment form. Individuals should report all outside employment, activities and/or financial interests in which personal or familial interests that conflict with or might compromise or appear to compromise the objectivity and integrity of your responsibilities to Northeastern.

Via eCD. Log in using your MyNEU UserName and Password?

You have an on-going duty to report conflicts and interests. In addition to completing each year’s annual disclosure, you will need to report any newly acquired or discovered interests within 30 days of discovery or acquisition.

Full disclosure of conflicts allows us to management our responsibilities to our students and sponsors, as well as meet our legal and regulatory requirements. As importantly, your timely disclosures helps both you and the university identify potential or actual conflicts and effectively manage them.

In addition to the eCD website, please also see Northeastern’s Compliance Department’s website or contact a member of the Compliance Department.
If you have a question or concern regarding compliance, please speak with your supervise, unit or department head, faculty advise or to the senior manager or executive responsible for that specific compliance area, for example, the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.
Northeastern also encourages you to contact institutional office dedicated to supporting our culture of excellence:

The University also offers an anonymous and confidential Compliance Hotline for all members of the Northeastern community. The Compliance Hotline provides an alternative channel to communicate any concerns anonymously. The Compliance Hotline, which is accessible 24/7/365 via the web and telephone (1-855-350-9390), is managed by EthicsPoint.

Please contact Compliance if you have any questions or need clarification about any issues related to your disclosures.

Family includes spouse, spousal equivalent, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, parents-in-law, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.

B. 2019 Annual Conflict of Interest and Commitment Disclosure

You will receive the annual email announcing the deadline for filing the disclosure report.

The reporting period for the 2019 Annual Disclosure is January 1, 2018-December 31, 2018, unless otherwise specified (e.g., for interests related to extramurally funded research and sponsored activities the definition is broader, all interests, including those acquired after December 31, 2018, must be reported.

The deadline for completing the 2019 Annual Disclosure is May 24, 2019.

Below are the 2019 Annual Conflict of Interest and Commitment Disclosure questions:
The questions are designed to be as self-explanatory as possible but if you have any questions please see below and/or contact the Compliance Department.

1. Have you participated in the hiring of a family member, including supervise, review or determine compensation for a family member working at Northeastern?
Family includes spouse, spousal equivalent, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, parents-in-law, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law, unless otherwise specified (e.g. for interests related to extramurally funded research and sponsored activities the definition is narrow, i.e., self, spouse and dependent children.)
2. Have you had responsibility for, or a decision-making role in, selecting vendors or purchasing a single product or service over $10,000?
Responsibility for decisions regarding expenditure of university funds includes all categories/activities: vendors, independent contractors, consultants and/or sub-rececipients on extramurally funded awards.
3. Are you or a family member involved with a business that seeks to conduct or is conducting business with Northeastern?
Report any interests that you or a family member have where there is a business or potential business relationship.
4. Have you or a family member received a gift with a cumulative value of $100 or more from a person or business entity that does or is seeking to do business with Northeastern?
Gifts includes gratuities, tips or other payments that exceed $100 in the calendar year.
5. If you reported gifts above, was your Department Head informed of these gifts?
Any gift greater than $100 (or gifts that combined total more than $100 in a calendar year) should be reported to your supervisor.
6. Are there any other relationships, commitments or activities you or a family member had that might present or appear to present a conflict of interest or conflict of commitment with your Northeastern University responsibilities?
Please report any instances or circumstances that could reasonably appear to conflict with your responsibilities to Northeastern.
7. Have you or family members used, except in an incidental way, university property, facilities, or resources, for personal/non-University related purposes?
Use of Northeastern’s resources (beyond incidental or de minimis) for non-University purposes should be reported.
8. What semesters/quarters were you under contract with Northeastern?
Only faculty are required to report their appointment/contract status for each semester/term.
9. Did you actively perform external consulting during the semesters for which you were under contract?
This question is specific to faculty consulting.
10. Did you teach or supervise students outside the University?
Please report any teaching or other supervision of students for another (non-Northeastern) university, college, institution or activity.
11. Did you hold any form of academic or clinical appointment (e.g., as a visiting lecturer or adjunct professor) outside of Northeastern?
This question is for faculty only.
12. Are you or will you be responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of any extramurally-funded research or sponsored project (proposals or awards) now or in the next year?
Any individual, regardless of role or title, who is responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of programmatic results either in the past year or who anticipate doing so over the next year should answer Yes and report their interests

C. Conflict of Interest and/or Commitments related to Research & Sponsored Activities

All principal investigators and any other project personnel who are responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of results must report interests or commitments that reasonably appear related to their Institutional activities (e.g., research, teaching, public service, etc.). Please note: Reportable interests include those of the investigator and, if applicable, their spouse and/or dependent children.

You’ll need to complete Northeastern Compliance Department’s Annual Disclosure questionnaire and, in addition, depending on the extramural funding agency’s regulations, you may need to file, via NU-RES, supplemental information. Reportable interests are defined by the funding agency’s regulations or policies. Note: Reportable interests include those of the investigator and, if applicable, their spouse and/or dependent children.

Prior to submitting a proposal and, thereafter each year and, if during the year you have a newly discovered or acquired interest, within thirty days of discovery or acquisition. Please note: Once Northeastern’s Compliance Department’s Annual Disclosure cycle has closed, you can update your active disclosures at any time to reflect changes and corrections.

Via eCD, using your Northeastern (single sign-on) user name and password.

Timely filing creates a culture of excellent and is required under Northeastern’s policies; extramural agencies are also committed to providing transparency about the research, instructional or sponsored programs that they fund through the management of conflicts that could potentially bias or appear to bias findings or results. In addition, under the new procurement COI regulations funding agencies are also seeking to prevent unfair, direct benefit or financial gain by their grantees’ employees and subrecipients.

Often yes. Some extramural funding agencies require financial conflict of interest (fCOI) training, which must be updated at least every 4 years. Northeastern provides fCOI-compliant training via CITI. For more information please contact NU-RES@northeastern.edu.

Please contact NU-RES@northeastern.edu for assistance and additional information.

D. Using eCD

Northeastern’s electronic Conflict Disclosure (eCD) system.

To get started with eCD, login with your myNEU username and password.

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Yes! Please log in here using your MyNEU UserName and Password.

Yes, please review these Step-by-Step instructions

Please contact the NU-RES Help Center

Last Updated on August 25, 2021