Stephen F. Austin State University

Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest

Conflict of interest is a situation in which financial or other personal considerations have the potential to compromise or bias professional judgment and objectivity. This definition applies to any IRB member or his/her immediate family member (within the second degree of affinity or third degree of consanguinity). An IRB member who has a conflict of interest, or a perceived conflict of interest, in any research application must recuse himself or herself from the vote and must disclose the conflict of interest. If a quorum is present without the recused member, a vote can proceed. Otherwise, an alternate IRB member must be present to proceed to a vote. No individual conducting and/or supervising a specific project can participate in IRB review of the proposal, except to provide information.