Reporting of outside activities to be done online

June 14, 2012

Faculty and staff will be able to disclose their Reportable Outside Activities through an online form starting today (June 14). The online form, located at, will replace the paper forms used previously.

"The electronic format will make it easier for faculty and staff to report their activities and for department and unit heads to approve them," says Alysa Christmas Rollock, vice president for ethics and compliance.

All exempt faculty and staff whether part-time or full-time, are required to submit a form before they engage in any Reportable Outside Activities. At the beginning of each fiscal year, employees also must report all activities in which they continue to participate, even if previous permission was granted.

Faculty and staff report outside activities in accordance with the Conflicts of Commitment and Reportable Outside Activities (III.B.1) policy, which is available at

The policy serves two purposes:

* It complies with Indiana law prohibiting ghost employment with governmental entities.
* It ensures that outside activities in which Purdue employees engage do not divert them from fulfilling their responsibilities to the University, improperly influence University decisions or operations, or conflict with institutional and public values.

To assist faculty and staff in determining what needs to be reported, the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance provides a list of frequently asked questions at