After critical NDSCS audit, changes mulled for university system’s conflict-of-interest policy

September 23, 2019 | Grand Forks Herald

State university system staff will have to revise a proposed policy on disclosing conflicts of interest after higher education officials voted against suggested changes prompted by an audit that found fault with the North Dakota State College of Science.

In a 2-1 vote, the State Board of Higher Education Governance Committee said “no” on Wednesday, Sept. 18, to updates laid out in the proposed policy that would require North Dakota University System employees to disclose their interests and activities, as well as those of their spouses, significant others or family members. That would include “employment, ownership of or in service on the board of directors of an organization that has or may have relationships with the SBHE or an NDUS institution.”

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