A conflict of interest exists in any situation when a person has a financial interest, a private or personal interest, or a business interest sufficient to influence, or appear to influence, the impartial exercise of their official duties or professional judgements.
In other words, a conflict of interest exists where a staff member's duties or responsibilities to the University could be affected by some other separate interest or duty. A conflict can also relate to the potential for public resources or time to be used by a staff member to advance his or her private interests and this raises ethical considerations of integrity, honesty, openness and good faith.
If you are uncertain about whether any relationship constitutes a conflict of interest, please contact your Head of School (HOS) or Associate Dean (Postgraduate). A conflict should be managed on a case-by-case basis by the HOS.
Note: the content provided is a summary only. A full description of guidelines and processes can be found in the AUT University Postgraduate Handbook