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Conflict of Interest and/or Commitment  

Stony Brook University remains committed to the principles of academic freedom, free inquiry, and the open exchange of knowledge, which serve as the bedrock of scholarship and research. The University supports and encourages individuals to pursue and engage in external activities that promote the University's mission, contribute to professional fields, and enhance professional skills. In return, individuals are expected to fulfill their University obligations first and foremost, commensurate with their appointment requirements.

Campus Policy

Disclosure of External Interests and Commitments Policy - P209

revised April 2022

Disclosure Obligations 

Individuals  have an obligation to avoid conflicts of interest and commitment  when carrying out their external and University education, research, scholarship, or service responsibilities. All external relationships - both domestic and international - should be transparent and must be disclosed in a manner that is consistent with applicable requirements, including federal and state laws/regulations/agency guidance, as well as Stony Brook's own policies and procedures. Such disclosures must include activities that occur over summer/winter break months. 

Who Must Disclose

The following individuals are required to disclose external interests and commitments:

  • Salaried faculty
  • Researchers (salaried and non-salaried)
  • Executive/senior leadership
  • Other personnel who advise on, negotiate or approve, on behalf of the University, transactions, arrangements or agreements with external parties involving the use of University resources.


What to Disclose

All financial, personal and professional interests, activities and relationships that you or an immediate family member have with any non-University entities that create, or could be perceived to create, a conflict of interest or commitment that:

  • Might be reasonably perceived to be related to your institutional responsibilities; or
  • May otherwise present a conflict of interest or conflict of commitment, or the perception of such a conflict, with your duties to the University.

 The following is a non-exhaustive list of the types of external interests and commitments of individuals and their immediate family members, whether located in the U.S. or outside of the U.S., that must be disclosed:

  • External paid and unpaid positions/obligations at institutions other than Stony Brook, including: current relationships, relationships that occurred during the previous 12 months, and any anticipated future relationships, whether located in the U.S. or outside of the U.S.
  • External resources/support provided by entities other than Stony Brook or Research Foundation for SUNY (e.g.: payments or remunerations, provision of or support for laboratory or other facilities, gifts, equity holdings or ownership, and sponsored travel).
  • Relationship with an external organization (e.g.: research, consulting, sponsored travel, equity in external company, etc.).
  • Intellectual property rights and interests.


How to Disclose

Annual Disclosure Certification

All those who must disclose (as defined above) are required to complete an initial Disclosure Profile and then annually submit their Annual Disclosure Certification through myResearch

New or anticipated external interests and/or commitments must be reported in myResearch using an Updated Disclosure within 30 days of acquiring knowledge of such external interests and/or commitments .

This Annual Disclosure Certification is separate from the annual NYS Financial Disclosure Statement that is submitted to the NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) by filers.   Some individuals may be required to submit under both disclosure processes.

When to Disclose

The annual filing period is May 1 to May 31* and modifications must be made as necessary year-round.  

*The 2022 filing period has been adjusted to May 9 to June 8 due to a system upgrade. 

Special Instructions for those not listed under "Who Must Disclose" 

RF employees not required to complete an Annual Disclosure Certification should report any potential or real conflict of interests or commitments to Susan Gasparo, Conflicts of Interest Administrator at or

NYS employees not required to complete an Annual Disclosure Certification or a JCOPE filing who have questions as to whether or not they have a situation which would be deemed a conflict of interest should have a conversation first with their supervisor, and if further guidance is needed, Human Resources Services  (HRS) may be contacted at