Regental Action Requests (RARs) & COI Review

A Regental Action Request (RAR) is the university form used to request the U-M Board of Regents’ approval for conflict of interest situations that meet the State of Michigan Contract Statute (also known as “statutory conflicts”) for contracts directly or indirectly between the university and one of the university’s employees.

RARs are drafted for initial COI review from the applicable COI Office and submitted through the Office of Vice President for Research by:

  • ORSP (for sponsored research)
  • Innovation Partnerships (for intellectual property, U-M start-up companies, and material transfer agreements)

U-M Procurement Services/Shared Services may also draft RARs for contracts where a U-M employee/or employee-owned company operates as a vendor with which the university may conduct business.  These RARs are reviewed by and submitted through the U-M Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officers office.

NOTE:  The state statute forbids a public servant (i.e., the ‘conflicted’ U-M employee) taking “any part in the negotiations for such contract or the renegotiations or amendment of the contract, or in the approval of the contract” OR representing “either party in the transaction”.  Contact [email protected] if you have any questions regarding this prohibition.

RAR Due Dates:  2023 – 2024

Draft RARs are generally due to the Office of the Vice President for Research three (3) weeks prior to the next U-M Regents meeting.



May 24, 2023 June 15, 2023
June 23, 2023 July 20, 2023
N/A No Regents meeting in August
August 30, 2023 September 21, 2023
September 27, 2023 October 19, 2023
N/A No Regents meeting in November
November 15, 2023 December 7, 2023
N/A No Regents meeting in January
January 24, 2024 February 15, 2024
March 6, 2024 March 28, 2024
N/A No Regents meeting in April
April 24, 2024 May 16, 2024
May 29, 2024 June 20, 2024


For questions about COI policies, outside interest disclosure requirements for U-M, and U-M’s COI review and management processes, email [email protected].