The Faculty of Graduate Studies will apply the following principles in managing conflicts of interest:
- All forms of actual, potential or perceived potential conflict of interest should be avoided.
- All students, faculty, and staff are bound by the Code of Conduct and Procedure for Conflict of Interest.
- In the case of supervision, all parties involved in the supervision of a graduate student must abide by the Graduate Students Supervisory Policy.
- Students, faculty and staff must be able to recognize situations of actual, potential or perceived potential conflict of interest.
- Students, faculty and staff must disclose any actual, potential, or perceived potential conflicts promptly to the Graduate Program Director or Associate Dean/Dean of the home Faculty, who should consult the appropriate Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
- The Faculty of Graduate Studies will work to ensure that academic decisions are reached independently and objectively.
The potential for conflict of interest may sometimes be difficult to avoid and there will always be gray areas.
However, to assess a potential conflict of interest, it is useful to ask, for example, "If the student fails an examination and appeals on the grounds of conflict of interest, is there a prima facie case to answer?" or "If the student passes an examination and a faculty member raises concerns about conflict of interest is there a prima facie case to answer?"
Below are two non-exhaustive lists of situations involving (A) actual and (B) potential for conflict of interest.