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2,690: Faculty Providing Consulting Services

Revised: June 2014

Administrative Faculty:

The following policies apply to administrative faculty engaged in professional activities in addition to their regular university responsibilities.

Consulting at UNR: Administrative faculty may engage in consulting services related to their professional responsibilities for other units at UNR only with the approval of their dean/vice president. The employee may only accept compensation for this work if it is done outside the normal working hours for their assigned university duties. Administrative faculty may not accept additional compensation for providing the same clientele the same services which are part of their assigned university duties.

Consulting within NSHE: Administrative faculty who engage in consulting activities related to their professional responsibilities for other components of NSHE may do so upon approval of the appropriate vice president, and are granted release time if performed during the normal working hours. Administrative faculty may not accept additional compensation for services when granted release time.

Outside Consulting: The following policies apply to administrative faculty members providing specialized professional services compensated through sources other than university administered funds.

  1. Faculty members understand that the services must not interfere with normal university duties;
  2. Faculty members must inform in writing those who engage them that they are not acting in the name of the University; 
  3. When consulting for State of Nevada agencies, faculty members must receive prior written approval from their vice president, dean or director;
  4. Administrative faculty who engage in consulting work with agencies or firms outside the University must request prior written approval from their vice president, dean or director and provide information as to the nature of the services to assure compliance with the conflict of interest policy;
  5. Prior approval is requested via the "Consulting Activity Form". Consulting approvals must be obtained for each fiscal year even if the consulting work is ongoing or encompasses more than one fiscal year;
  6. Faculty members on 12-month contracts must take annual leave if providing outside consulting services during the standard work week;
  7. University facilities, equipment or personnel may not be used unless such use is authorized by the vice president, dean or director with proper consideration made.

Academic Faculty:

Outside Consulting: Academic faculty members have the right to offer specialized professional services which may include studies, surveys, consulting, research, teaching, and/or training programs, which are compensated through sources other than university-administered funds. There are certain limiting conditions on the right to obtain payment for federal consulting services. Faculty members must consider and consult Federal Circular A-21, issued by the Executive Office of the President through the Office of Management and Budget, in applying the guidelines contained in the Faculty Consultation Policy before they can claim payment for federal consulting services. Faculty members paid from federal funds must also consult Circular A-21 before engaging in any consulting services.

The following policies apply to academic faculty members providing specialized professional services compensated through sources other than university administered funds:

  1. Faculty members understand that the services must not interfere with normal university duties;
  2. Faculty members must inform those in writing who engage them that they are not acting in the name of the University;
  3. When consulting for the State of Nevada agencies, faculty members must receive prior written permission from their dean or director;
  4. Academic faculty members must request prior written approval from their dean or director through the appropriate channels and provide information as to the nature of the services to assure compliance with the conflict of interest policy;
  5. Prior approval is requested via the "Consulting Activity Form". Consulting approvals must be obtained for each fiscal year even if the consulting work is ongoing or encompasses more than one fiscal year;
  6. For "B" contract faculty, specialized professional services must not occupy more than one day's equivalent time per week, exclusive of non-contract days, evenings, weekends and holidays. "A" contract faculty must take accumulated annual leave time for performance of services upon agreement by the dean or other appropriate administrator and the university central administration; 
  7. University facilities, equipment or personnel may not be used unless such use is authorized by the dean or director with proper consideration made.

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