Penn State - Research Administration
The main Penn State policies and procedures relating to faculty consulting activities include the following:
All those individuals who carry the rank of Penn State faculty are allowed to engage in consulting up to a maximum of four days per month during their appointment period. There are two other limitations:
In extraordinary circumstances, if faculty need to exceed the monthly limit (but not exceed the annual limit of 48 days), approval must be given by the department chair.
Faculty members are required to inform their department head or campus executive officer of the nature, type and extent of their consulting activities (undertaken with or without compensation) so that the department head or campus executive officer may judge the appropriateness of the consulting activity in relation to the performance of the faculty member's regular duties.
A faculty member may not provide special service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for additional compensation without the prior written approval of the President of the University per HR42 - Payment of Personal Compensation by a State Agency or Department of the Commonwealth.
Per HR80 department heads and campus executive officers are required to report annually to their vice president or dean concerning the levels and amount of private consulting by faculty and staff within their authority.
Per HR80 the University assumes no responsibility for private professional services performed by members of its faculty. The name of the University is not in any way to be connected with the service rendered or the results obtained. The faculty member must make it clear that his or her consulting work is a personal matter. He or she must not use the official stationery of the University nor stationery having a University address or a University telephone number.
A faculty member shall not accept or retain employment which would bring him or her as an expert or in any other capacity, into conflict of commitment or in competition with the interests and purposes of the University or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and federal agencies.
Policy FN14 prohibits the use of University facilities and resources including specialized equipment, specialized software, supplies and services for faculty consulting activities. This does not preclude use of standard office facilities including e-mail, internet, local telephone, PCs, etc., subject to a test of reasonableness. Faculty consultants may access University facilities in the same manner available to non-University personnel. The utilization of University resources for consulting purposes must be approved by University administrators and documented in a Memorandum of Understanding. The Memorandum of Understanding clearly identifies the extent and nature of the facilities being utilized and establishes use charges based on the cost to the University of maintaining said facilities. The financial officer of the College or administrative unit should establish the appropriate charge out rate.
The involvement of students and staff in faculty consulting activities should be undertaken with caution. Faculty may not involve students or staff in consulting activities within the scope of the student's or staff member's University duties. Faculty may hire students or staff to assist with faculty consulting activities outside the scope of the student's or staff member's University duties. Such arrangements require the full knowledge and approval of University administrators and must be codified in a Memorandum of Understanding. Safeguards must be instituted on a case-by-case basis to ensure that the performance of University duties and the scholarly mission of the University are not compromised. In particular, faculty must avoid even the appearance of directing students into research activities that serve their own personal interests at the expense of scholarly achievement.
The University will not comment on or offer input regarding the rate of compensation or the tax consequences associated with faculty consulting activities.
"Company agrees and understands that Consultant is an employee of The Pennsylvania State University. Consultant's primary responsibility is to the University. In connection with such employment, Consultant has entered into certain agreements with the University relating to ownership of intellectual property rights, conflicts of interest and other matters, and is subject to certain policy statements of the University (collectively the "Institutional Agreement"). If any provision of this Agreement is hereinafter determined to be in conflict with the Institutional Agreement, then the Institutional Agreement will govern to the extent of such conflict, and the conflicting provisions of this Agreement will not apply. Consultant is not aware of any such conflict."
"The Company shall from time to time prepare a written summary or "minutes" of the consulting activities of Consultant. Consultant shall also record all documentation relative to Consulting Services separate from his/her other work, including work for the University. The parties shall have the right to periodically compare said documentation to ensure both parties have a consistent understanding as to the scope and nature of consulting services provided hereunder."
"Prior to disclosure of Confidential Information hereunder, Company shall make a non-enabling summary disclosure to Consultant so that Consultant may determine whether to accept disclosure. Said summary shall be sufficient to enable Consultant to determine whether the disclosure involves technology or information already under development in Consultant's University Laboratory, or whether he/she is otherwise bound by confidentiality concerning related information and/or technology."
"Company will take reasonable precautions to clearly mark information disclosed hereunder as "confidential" or "proprietary." Company will provide to Consultant a written summary of the matters discussed or considered during consulting provided hereunder in a timely manner."
"The confidentiality restrictions hereunder will not apply where the information was previously known to or developed by Consultant or Consultant's research group, where the information is part of the public domain, or where the information came into the possession of Consultant through no fault or wrongdoing of Consultant."
Effective Date: February 3, 2006
Date Approved: January 27, 2006
Date Published: February 2, 2006
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