The University of Nebraska not only permits but expressly encourages its employees to engage in outside professional activities with industry and other external constituencies. At the same time, the University is cognizant that an employee’s relationships with outside enterprises can engender opportunities for personal gain or financial advantage that may be at odds with the obligations the individual assumes as an employee of the University.
Conflicts of interest are situations where an employee’s direct or indirect personal financial interests may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, the employee’s professional judgment or behavior in carrying out his or her obligations to the University. This includes indirect personal financial interests of an employee that may be obtained through third parties such as an employee’s immediate family, business relationships, fiduciary relationships, or investments.
Conflict of commitment occurs when the time devoted to external activities adversely affects, or has the appearance of adversely affecting, an employee’s capacity to meet University responsibilities.
No employee of the University shall engage in any activity that in any way conflicts with duties and responsibilities at the University of Nebraska. The University has established policies designed to identify, eliminate, and/or mitigate conflicts of interest and/or conflicts of commitment.