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The primary duty of full-time faculty members is to the University. Faculty members engage with industry, government, and professional associations to further their knowledge, research, and other professional activity. At the same time, faculty must not let outside commitments interfere with their obligations to fulfill their University and School of Medicine responsibilities. Faculty members are expected to act in the best interests of the University and in furtherance of the University’s mission at all times.
An outside arrangement must involve a time commitment that is reasonable in relation to one’s faculty duties and outside engagements may not involve services or conditions that conflict with institutional policies and standards. Outside commitments are reviewed for compliance with institutional policies and standards by considering factors such as:
Determining whether a particular outside arrangement constitutes an acceptable or unacceptable commitment is a joint responsibility of the faculty member’s department director (or, in some cases, the division director) and the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC). To help directors evaluate the potential for conflict of commitment, OPC provides department directors specific information about faculty.
Questions should be addressed to the Office of Policy Coordination or your Department Director.
Outside Commitments and Private Agreements
All commitments to provide consulting or other services to outside entities must be governed by a written agreement that is established in advance, includes a detailed outline of the services to be provided, and specifies the associated compensation. JHU and JHHS are not parties to private agreements and therefore do not sign agreements between faculty or staff members and outside entities or organizations. You may wish to consult your own legal advisor before signing a private agreement or contract with an outside organization.
The text of a private agreement and your services under a private agreement must comply with JHU School of Medicine policies.