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Rice 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 personís duties at the institution, the personís influence on decisions that the institution may make, or the personís 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 students, faculty and other third parties that we possess. Includes the theft of, and intentional or inadvertent loss of such data.
Falsification of Contracts, Reports or Records Falsification of records consists of altering, falsifying, or forging all or any part of a document, contract or record for the purpose of gaining an advantage, or misrepresenting the value of the document, contract or record. Failure to complete and post or file data and reports required by law to governmental agencies.
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: Violation of Policy, Sabotage)
Improper Use of Intellectual Property/Intellectual Property Infringement Unauthorized and unlawful disclosure of confidential business information including inventions, research and technical data, computer programs, trademarks, patents, copyrights, unpublished financial or pricing information and all related documentation.
Research Grant Misconduct Including Scientific Misconduct and 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.
Theft / Embezzlement The act of stealing; specifically: the felonious taking and removing of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. To appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use (Examples include: bookkeeping errors, misapplication of funds, and mishandling of cash)