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Conflict of commitment is a complex and controversial concept with potentially significant legal consequences that generally refers to those work-related situations in which the outside activities of college and university employees interfere with the time and effort that they are supposed to be providing for their employers. In higher education, conflicts of commitment commonly arise when faculty members or any other employees engage in outside work that, while related to their assigned duties, may reduce their ability to meet their contractual obligations to their primary employers. As such, conflicts of commitment may overlap with conflicts of interest when personal finances are involved; in the broader sense, conflict of commitment refers to conflicts of employees' time and energy. This entry describes several institutional approaches, reviews ...

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