- During the conduct of compensated outside activities, faculty members must not make any use of the name of The University of Tennessee or of any of its constituent institutions (e.g., campuses or institutes) for any purpose other than professional identification; nor may she/he claim any University or institutional responsibility for the conduct or outcome of such activities.
- Should a faculty member wish to pursue compensated outside activities, the faculty member and her/his department head must agree about the faculty development benefits that will be gained by the planned activities, as part of the annual review process. If after the review, a faculty member has an opportunity to pursue a new compensated outside activity or if any significant changes to an agreed plan from the last annual review occur, the faculty member must report the situation to her/his department head, and develop a new or revised plan with the head’s concurrence.
- Nine-month faculty members are expected to perform university-related activities for a nine-month academic year. Thus, nine-month faculty members should limit their total compensated outside services to no more than twenty percent (20%) over their total (100%) university effort during a given academic year, exclusive of non-academic year course schedules (summer session, mini-term, etc.) but including grants of released-time. The department head and dean may restrict compensated outside service effort to less than 20% (e.g., if a faculty member’s performance of assigned university duties does not meet expectations, as found in the annual evaluation).
- Nine-month faculty employed full-time on the university payroll during the summer months (e.g. summer school teaching, work on grants and contracts), must ensure that their annual compensated outside service activity is no more than 20% over their total (100%) university effort per academic year. For part-time summer employment, the limit of compensated outside services during the time of employment will be established by written agreement between the department head and the faculty member.
- Twelve-month faculty and staff members are expected to perform university-related activities for a twelve-month year. Thus faculty members on twelve-month appointment are covered by the same University of Tennessee Personnel Policies and Procedures which apply to administrative or professional personnel of the university. However, to provide equitable treatment of nine-month and twelve-month faculty, the latter should normally limit their aggregated compensated outside services to no more than an additional twenty percent (20%) over their total (100%) university effort – including accrued annual leave taken and grants of released time – during a given calendar year, upon approval of the department head and dean. The department head and dean may restrict a faculty member’s compensated outside service effort to less than 20% (e.g., if a faculty member’s performance of assigned university duties does not meet expectations, as found in the annual evaluation).
- While conducting compensated outside activities, no unauthorized activity is permitted involving significant direct expense to UT or significant use of university facilities, equipment, or services unless procedures and fee schedules have been established. Faculty and staff wishing to use University resources to conduct compensated outside activities must have an official written UT agreement specifying the nature of work to be performed; the kind of equipment, supplies, material, or services to be used; the extent of the use; and the amount to be paid to the University. The amount may not be less than the University’s cost or a fair market value. A written agreement must be approved in advance by the appropriate department head, dean/director, and chief business officer.
- Noncompliance with this policy for compensated outside activities may be considered as a negative factor during annual reviews, promotion and tenure decisions, salary determinations, and requests for released-time, and other institutional support (e.g., a faculty member’s compensated outside activities may be limited if his/her performance of assigned activities is less-than-meets-expectations). Serious and/or continuing noncompliance also may result in other sanctions (e.g., reduction in allowable compensated outside activities, salary reduction, restitution for cost of equipment, termination for adequate cause).
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