The curatorial and collections staff and associated Departmental students must maintain a standard of conduct and display an attitude toward the collections that avoids even the appearance of conflict of interest in collection activities. The areas described below are particularly vulnerable to unintentional or degrees of violation which this policy proposes to clarify.
No staff member shall make monetary appraisals if the Museum is involved in any way in obtaining or wishing to obtain the material in the future for the MCZ collections. Outside appraisers may be named if requested without showing favor for any particular appraiser. Any staff member who is requested to make contractual agreements for appraisals of fossil invertebrates may do so only if there is no intention of MCZ interest in adding the material to the permanent collections but caution is advised in this area. Appraisal for scientific value is not restricted but rather encouraged.
No staff member involved with the collections shall form or expand personal collections of invertebrate fossils. All specimens collected or acquired while in the employ of or associated with the Department remain as acquisitions or accessions of the Department unless released under the provisions of this policy for deaccessioning or disposal of specimens. It is the responsibility of the Department staff owning such collections to demonstrate that they are not expanding, enhancing or, in any way, competing with any function of the Department or using their affiliation with the Department to further such collection activities.
In following with the preceding statement particular attention is needed concerning student collections. Any collections made while funded by the Department or University and any collections made for use in areas of a student's research leading to the degree remain the property of the Department until released by the staff. Guidelines are provided here but are flexible by staff agreement in considering individual cases