UC Conflict of Interest for Researchers Briefing

This briefing for researchers is designed to raise continued awareness of the University of California Statement of Ethical Values and Standards of Ethical Conduct, and to convey University employment obligations with respect to ethical and compliant behavior. The purpose is to familiarize UC employees with important ethics and compliance information, issues and resources, and how to report instances.

Intended For:

Approximately 19,000 University research employees (faculty, staff, postdocs) system-wide. The audience for this briefing was selected with input from the VCRs and others across the UC system and includes all those employees in one of the Class Title Codes who have been paid at least $1 from an extramural research fund account in FY 2012-13.


Each University research employee will be automatically registered to complete the Compliance Briefing. Emails (with a link to the online briefing) will be sent to individual learners in August 2012, and learners will be expected to complete the online briefing by December 2012. Learners will receive monthly reminders until it has been completed. This briefing will take approximately 40-60 minutes to complete.


Annually. After the 2012 rollout, University research employees will be required to re-take the course each year, the exact date will be determined by the date they complete course the previous year.

Technical Information & Assistance:

  • This online briefing can be taken using Internet Explorer 6.0 or 7.0, Safari 2.0 or higher, or Firefox 2.0 or higher browsers.
  • Before using the link, pop-up blockers on your computer must be turned off. If you need assistance with pop-up blockers or other technical issues, please review the Online Course Usage Tips at: http://www.ucop.edu/lms/tips.html or contact help@ucsc.edu.
  • To access local UCSC technical assistance for help with pop-up blockers or browser questions contact help@ucsc.edu or call extension 9-4357 or (831) 459-HELP.
  • The briefing does not need to be completed all at once. If you wish to complete it in more than one sitting, the program will take you to where you last were in the briefing.

Additional Information:

  • If you have any questions regarding the requirement for you to take this course, or any other non-technical questions or feedback, please contact the Regental Office of Ethics, Compliance & Audit Services at ComplianceBriefings@ucop.edu or Caitlin Deck, Director, UCSC Office of Research Compliance Administration, cddeck@ucsc.edu, 831 459-4114.

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