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Consulting Policy

  • Private Outside Employment

    "Private outside employment" refers to both private consulting activities and other remunerative outside activities offaculty members. "Consulting activity" is defined as professional work performed outside University auspices that issubstantively related to a faculty member's area of expertise and duties at the University. "Outside activities" refers to employmentor business activities (other than personal and private financial transactions) designed to enhance the income or wealth of the faculty member but not directly related to his/her area of expertise as a faculty member. Professionalemployment by the university clearly presumes a commitment of time and effort considerably beyond simply fulfillingsuch scheduled duties as meeting classes. Excessive involvement in private outside employment of any kind must bydefinition have detrimental effects upon the performance of professional duties. Such lowered performance levels bynecessity affect decisions regarding tenure, promotion, and salary.

    1. Consulting activities can contribute to the professional development and stature of the faculty member, andthus may benefit the University as well as the faculty member, so long as such activities are kept within reasonablebounds. The University, therefore, encourages consulting activities, provided that they present no conflictsof interest and do not diminish the quantity and quality of professional services rendered to the University aspart of the faculty member's normal duties and responsibilities. The primary safeguard is the requirement thatthe faculty member secure advance approval for consulting activities from the department chair, school director,and dean. Department chairs, school directors, and deans shall evaluate the merits of each request to consult to ensure that the activity is beneficial to the University in that no conflicts of interest exist, no conflict withUniversity duties or responsibilities is present, and the total amount of consulting by the faculty member is notexcessive. Guidelines developed by the dean of each college for use in this evaluation shall be provided to thefaculty after review by the Provost or designee to ensure consistency with this policy.

    2. Outside Activities are not viewed as beneficial to the University and are not encouraged. If engaged in, theymust pose no conflict of interest or result in any lessened contribution by the faculty member to the University. The outside activities of part-time as well as full-time faculty members must not impinge in any way upon theduties and responsibilities of the faculty member to the University.

    3. Use of University Facilities and Equipment is not permitted for outside activities in any instance, and shallonly be used in the furtherance of consulting activities when: a) such facilities and equipment are not availablecommercially; and, b) approval in advance has been secured from the Assistant to the President.

    4. Reporting Requirements. for any proposed consulting that is to occur during the faculty member's period ofemployment must have written preapproval. Faculty on nine-month appointments need not complete this formfor consulting that is to occur during the period in which they are not employed by the University. Faculty are not required to secure advance approval for outside activities, but should be prepared to disclose thenature and extent of such activities to their department chair, school director, and dean if a possibility of conflictof interest or impingement upon the proper performance of duties arises.

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