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Faculty Activity Chart

An appointment to the faculty carries with it a commitment, in the most inclusive sense, to Miami University. Every faculty member is expected to accord the University his or her primary professional commitment, and to arrange outside obligations, financial interests, and activities so as not to conflict or interfere with this overriding commitment to the University.

At the same time, no one benefits from undue interference with the legitimate external activities of faculty who fulfill their primary full-time duties - teaching at the University, conducting scholarly research under its sponsorship, and meeting the other obligations to students and colleagues that faculty must share. Indeed, involvement of faculty or staff members in outside professional activities, both public and private, often serves not only the participants but the University as well.

Faculty members are also subject to certain State Of Ohio ethical restrictions –

Section 2921.42 (Having an Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract) and Section 2921.43 (Soliciting or Receiving Improper Compensation) of the Ohio Revised Code.

Miami requires each faculty member to complete on an annual basis the Ethics Compliance and Outside Activity Survey. The chart below is designed to assist faculty members* in determining whether approval for outside activities is required. 

Faculty Outside Activity Permission Required
Grant review panels (federal, state, local, foundation) No
Consulting or employment with any outside entity for compensation Yes
Educational site review teams (federal, state, local, foundation, corporate, other university) No
External reviewer (local, foundation, corporate, other university) No
Advisory Boards (federal, state, local, foundation, corporate, other university No
Promotion and Tenure reviewer (other university) No
Graduate committees (other university) No
Peer reviewer for professional journals No
Editor or Associate Editor of book or journal or serve on an Editorial Board Yes
Writing book or textbook with contractual arrangement Yes
Officer or Board Member in Professional Societies No
Officer or Board Member in Charitable Organization Yes
Officer or Board Member in a For-Profit Yes
Invited talks, seminars, or keynote address No
Relationship with University vendor (supplies/equipment/software) Yes
Expert Witness Yes
Teaching for another university, school or entity – including workshops Yes - typically not permitted
Provide specialized tutoring/lessons Yes
Professional practice – e.g., physician, lawyer, nurse, architect, accountant, paramedic, fitness instructor Yes
Provide goods or supplies to the University as a vendor – either directly, by a family member or through an entity in which the ownership interest of the faculty member orfamily member is 5% or greater. Prohibited

* THIS CHART APPLIES ONLY TO FACULTY MEMBERS. Faculty members with grants may be subject to additional restrictions and should consult with the Research Office. ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATORS (E.G., CHAIRS, PROGRAM DIRECTORS AND DEANS) AND UNCLASSIFIED STAFF ARE SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL ETHICAL REQUIREMENTS.