Policy Steward: Vice President for Administration


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    To set forth policies and principles that permit University employees to engage in activities outside the University while preserving their primary professional duties and responsibilities to the University. 

    University employees are encouraged to engage in outside activities when such activities enhance the mission of the University and do not compete with the University.  Examples of outside activities that enhance the University’s mission include the following: serving on a peer review boards, serving as a referee for a scholarly journal, attending or presenting at a professional meeting, visiting other sites in connection with accreditation/audits, etc.  Employees’ primary professional duties and responsibilities are to the University, and such primary obligations require that employees be available and accessible to fulfill the obligations of their appointment.  Outside activities shall not adversely affect the University’s interests or mission, or require a significant commitment an excessive amount of time, that interferes with an employee’s primary University responsibilities, or competes with coursework or services provided by the University. This policy shall not be interpreted to interfere with any faculty member's academic freedom (as defined in HR64, Academic Freedom), including his or her freedom to criticize University policies and decisions.


    The above policies and principles are to be used when interpreting and applying other existing University policies related to conflicts of interests and ethical behavioral.  Questions on whether an outside activity constitutes a conflict of commitment should be directed to the individual’s Dean or the next highest level of authority.  For additional information, please refer to http://www.universityethics.psu.edu/.


    For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.


    AD07 - Use of University Name, Symbols and/or Graphic Devices

    AD47 - General Standards of Professional Ethics

    FN14– Use of University Tangible Assets, Equipment, Supplies and Service

    HR35 - Public Service by Members of the Faculty and Staff

    HR42 - Payment of Personal Compensation by a State Agency or Department of the Commonwealth.

    HR80 – Private Consulting Practice

    HR91 - Conflict of Interest

    RA12 - Technology Transfer & Entrepreneurial Activity (Faculty Research)

    RP06 - Disclosure and Management of Significant Financial Interests (Formerly RA20, Individual Conflict of Interest)

    Effective Date: July 27, 2015
    Date Approved: July 27, 2015
    Date Published: July 27, 2015

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