Outside Business Activities (Policy AC80) Reminder: Pre-approval Requirement

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Office for Research Protections     |     Conflict of Interest 



In September 2018, the revised Policy AC80: Outside Business Activities and Private Consulting Policy (formerly HR80) became effective.  The Office for Research Protections (ORP) is responsible for collecting data, generating reports, and supporting departments and colleges in monitoring compliance.

The ORP would like to remind faculty members of the pre-approval requirement included in Policy AC80.  All full-time faculty are required to obtain prior approval before engaging in the following:

  • Starting a company;
  • Exceeding the monthly time limits on Outside Business Activities (40 hours per month during the appointment period);
  • Involving students or staff in outside business activities;
  • Teaching for another university during the appointment period; and
  • Assuming an executive or management position for a third party.  

Time spent consulting virtually or teaching remotely should be included in the calculation of hours spent on Outside Business Activities.  Faculty do not need to be physically “away” from the University for this time to be included. 

The form to request pre-approval for the above activities can be downloaded here: https://psu.app.box.com/s/i9olbvgl6zeq80kpef6u7kk3i677fps6.  This form should be completed and submitted to your department head prior to engaging in the requested activity.

For questions related to this policy, please contact Morgan Rhinehart, Outside Business Activities Analyst at mar472@psu.edu or the Outside Business Activities Program at OBAAdmin@psu.edu. You can also find additional information on our website at https://www.research.psu.edu/oba