8.1 Rationale

The University of Iowa and its employees are committed to the principle of objective, fair, and equitable treatment of all employees. Accordingly, it is crucial that university activities be conducted in an atmosphere that is free of actual or apparent conflicts of interest that compromise this principle. For the purpose of protecting both the integrity and objectivity of its employees in the performance of their university obligations, and to create a workplace environment based in equity and fairness, it is the policy of the university that conflicts of interest should be avoided where possible, and otherwise disclosed and managed.