Outside Employment and Other Outside Activities

Purdue employees may not accept appointments, engage in any business or otherwise divert their attention from University duties without appropriate approvals. This regulation covers: (a) connection with any business enterprise as owner, partner, officer, director, consultant or agent; (b) connection with any public office either by election, appointment or employment; and (c) connection with any professional association, educational institution or foundation as trustee, officer, lecturer or representative.

Due to the nature of their appointments and responsibilities, outside employment and other outside activities of clerical and service staff members may not divert their attention from University duties. However, if for a specific outside activity, interference with normal University duties may occur, University approval may be required and clerical or service staff members should consult their supervisor.

A request for permission to engage in all such outside activities is required annually. Further, an employee engaged in activities that involve an interest in a business enterprise that expects to derive a profit from any University contract or purchase must file a Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement on President’s Office Form C-1 on an annual basis. In these situations, approvals do not permit use of the University’s name or the staff member’s title in any announcement, advertisement, publication or report, if such use in any way implies University endorsement of any product or service. Travel and Absence From Campus forms must be completed and approved, as necessary, in conducting the outside activity.

Consulting work that does not interfere with teaching or research and that involves a payment of personal compensation may be performed upon approval by the president. Reports on consulting projects may not be made on Purdue stationery. Whenever a requested outside activity requires the use of Purdue facilities or equipment, or any other Purdue resource, permission must be secured from the proper head. The University will charge for this use of University facilities, equipment or other University resources using a recharge rate established through regular University business office procedures.

The complete University Policy on Conflicts of Interest and Commitment (III.B.2) can be found at www.purdue.edu/policies/ethics/iiib2.html.

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