Policy Owner: President
University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) encourages innovation through research and development, and in furtherance of such innovation UMGC may at times collaborate with external entities. The State Ethics Law in recognizing the positive impact of collaborative research and development, allows for the exemption of USM personnel from some of that law's conflict of interest provisions, which otherwise would preclude such activities, provided that USM and USM institutions adopt policies and procedures that meet the specified requirements.
In accordance with University System of Maryland (USM) III-1.11 Policy on Conflicts of Interest in Research or Development, USM VIII-15.00 Policy on High Impact Economic Development Activities, and the State Ethics Law, in addition to other existing USM and UMGC policies on professional commitment of faculty, outside consultancy, and conflict of interest, this Policy sets forth the procedures necessary to obtain such exemptions from the State Ethics Law when UMGC collaborates with external entities for research and development.
All UMGC officials and employees shall comply with this Policy and Procedures.
UMGC officials or employees who violate this Policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment. In addition, the State Ethics Commission may be notified of violations of this Policy.
UMGC will submit to the USM Chancellor a quarterly report which shall include all approvals granted under this Policy.