Conflict of Commitment Law and Legal Definition

Conflict of commitment means a situation in which an individual has substantial outside activities and business interests. Such external interest may vary from consulting, lecturing, acting as an expert witness, public service, or service on a professional board or committee. These external interests often lead to conflict of commitment as they interfere with the importance of the individual's commitments to the institution as his/her primary employer. If there is any question about an external activity representing a conflict of commitment or interfering with the fulfillment of an institution’s responsibilities, then the employee should consult with his/her supervisor for directions. If the employee’s supervisor is not available within a reasonable period of time, then the employee should contact the associated unit head for directions.