Because investigators may engage in research that involves the development or use of products, goods, hardware, software, materials or technology that could be subject to U.S. export control laws and regulations, all are required to view the export control tutorial and pass the export control exam.
A conflict of interest occurs when there is a divergence between an individual's private interests and his or her professional obligations to the University such that an independent observer might reasonably question whether the individual's professional actions or decisions are determined by considerations of personal gain, financial or otherwise. A conflict of interest depends on the situation, and not on the character or actions of the individual.
Significant financial interests, including any employment or consulting roles, raise particular questions of potential or apparent conflicts of interest which require special ad hoc disclosures, review and approval. A financial conflict of interest (FCOI) is one where Northeastern University reasonably determines the significant financial interest could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct, or reporting of research.
Information regarding the University's policy on FCOI, as well as how to disclose can be found here.
University Compliance Hotline
Northeastern University strives to operate in an ethical, honest, and lawful manner and expects all members of the University community to conduct their activities in accordance with University policies and applicable law. The University strongly encourages all persons to report unethical or questionable conduct through channels that the University establishes for such reporting. University management expects you to bring forward any concerns to your direct supervisor. However, the Compliance Hotline provides an alternative channel for you to communicate your concerns anonymously. Northeastern has partnered with EthicsPoint to manage the Compliance Hotline which allows any person to report activity to an external party which should alleviate any concerns about confidentiality. Please know that when you use the Compliance Hotline, you can report misconduct that you observe, or you can gain clarity on whether or not something is cause for concern. All questions, allegations, and suggestions will be initially reviewed by Internal Audit and responded to in a timely and appropriate manner.
To report an anonymous and confidential concern to EthicsPoint, call 1-855-350-9390 or go to northeastern.ethicspoint.com.
If you have questions about the Compliance Hotline, please contact Director of Internal Audit 617-373-4041.