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Policies & Procedures

Conflict of Interest

The University of Denver’s academic vision is regularly served by participation of its representatives in activities outside the University.  The interactions with external organizations contribute to the enrichment of University programs.  While such interaction is encouraged, these activities may result in a real or perceived conflict of interest.  It is necessary to assess and manage conflicts of interest, so that the integrity and the interests of the University and its representatives are protected.

The University of Denver's Conflict of Interest Policy applies to all sponsored projects managed by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Conflict of Interest Training

Please be advised that according to DU POLICY, all “Key Personnel” currently engaged in a Sponsored Project are now required to complete mandatory COI education. 

Key personnel” refers to individuals who are responsible for “design, conduct or reporting” of research.  As a result, all individuals currently acting in these roles must undergo conflict of interest training initially, including a component describing the new regulations, and again at least every 4 years.  


This education requirement can be met by completing an ONLINE “mini-course” offered through CITI. 

If you have not already done so, please complete the required training listed below.

Steps to Complete the Training

1)     Please log onto your CITI homepage.  Once you have logged in you must click on the link to "Add a course or update your learner groups for University of Denver."

2)      Once you have been taken to the curriculum page, scroll down to question 4, and select “Yes”.

3)      Click on the “Continue” button at the bottom of the page.

4)     Once you return to your homepage, the COI Course should be added to your “My Courses” list.

5)     Click on the link to “Enter” and complete the course and Quiz.

If you are a Principal Investigator

Please note that you are responsible for verifying that all personnel who are responsible for “design, conduct or reporting” (typically “key personnel”) on your have completed this training, including any key personnel added to your project after it was awarded. If you have added key personnel to your project since your initial award, please forward this information to them so they can also make sure to take the training.

If you are receiving Public Health Service (PHS) funding

PHS regulations require that in order for spending to continue on active grants, all training on active awards must be completed before the issuance date of the next Notice of Award for that project. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs if you have any question about completing the training or how the regulations apply to you.