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West Virginia University
Research
Conflict of Interest A situation in which a person or a family member has a financial interest or non financial interest that may compromise, or provide the incentive to compromise, the behavior in the conduct of the person's duties at the institution, the person's influence on decisions that the institution may make, or the person's influence over his or her associates outside the institution. A conflict of interest may be real, potential or apparent.
Data Privacy Refers to the technical, contractual, administrative and physical steps taken by the institution to protect against unauthorized access to and disclosure of personally identifiable data of employees and customers and other third parties that we possess.
Fraud The intentional misrepresentation or concealment of information in order to deceive, mislead, or acquire something of value. A fraud is an intentional deception perpetrated to secure an unfair gain. (Examples include: Embezzlement, Violation of Policy, Theft, Sabotage)
Intellectual Property Infringement, Misappropriation or Disclosure Any unauthorized or inappropriate use, misappropriation or disclosure of confidential information (in any form) or intellectual property belonging to the institution or any institution's customer, supplier or business partner, including, without limitation, any intellectual property protected under any U.S. or other laws relating to copyrights, patents or trade secrets. Also includes any unauthorized or inappropriate use of any institution computer system.
Research Grant Misconduct or Misappropriation of Costs Unallowable or questionable expenditures or cost transfers to government grants, contracts or other agreements. Any expenditures or cost transfers that may be in violation of OMB Circular A-21.
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