Conflict of Interest and Consulting Activities

Reporting of potential conflicts of interest and consulting activity is required by October 10, 2014 as described below. Employees who must report will receive an email notification and should report via MyInfo. 

1) All MSU employees of .5 FTE or greater (EXCEPT Classified employees) are required to file an annual report concerning potential conflicts of interest per MSU and BOR policies.

2) If MSU employees of .5 FTE or greater (EXCEPT Classified employees) have performed consulting activities in the preceding 12 months (September 1 through August 31, 2014), they are required to report their consulting activities annually. The BOR Policy mandates that each campus prepare an annual inventory of faculty/staff consulting activities. Employees who have not consulted do not need to report. 

Reporting is done on-line through MyInfo from any location with an internet connection as follows:

  1. Go to "MyInfo":
  2. Click on "Enter Secure Area."
  3. Type in your User ID (GID Number with dash) and PIN. Need help? Call HR at x3651.
  4. Once logged in, click on the "MyApps" tab at the top of the screen.
  5. Click on "Conflict of Interest" and follow directions.
  6. At the completion of your report, you can print a copy for your records.
  7. Your time-entry approver will receive a complete report including your submission at the end of the reporting period.
  8. IF you have completed Consulting Activities in the past 12 months, click on "MyApps" again, choose "Consulting Activities," and follow the instructions. If you have not done any consulting, you do not need to report.


MSU's mission is enhanced by the active involvement of members of the university community with business, government, not-for-profit groups, professional societies, academic institutions, and other individuals and organizations. MSU encourages entrepreneurial activities that support its mission. These many interactions and activities can, however, create the potential for conflict of interest in which University employees' external activities or interests affect - or appear to affect - the manner or extent to which those individuals carry out their University responsibilities. Such conflicts - real or apparent - may undermine public and professional confidence in the University, diminish its ability to accomplish its mission, and violate federal law. Therefore, MSU expects all employees to comply with MSU Policy and state and federal laws and regulations governing conflicts of interest and ethical conduct by employees and researchers. MSU's Conflict of Interest Policy provides the university's policies and procedures concerning conflict of interest and establishes the disclosures required for MSU faculty and staff. Read the full policy here.