UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin System to require a report from all faculty and academic staff who engage in remunerative outside activities in their field of professional interest and whose appointments are half time or more for the period under contract to the UW System. If an employee has a joint appointment, he or she must file a report for each department/unit. This report covers activities that occur during the full year, even if the employee was not under contract to the University for part of that time. The employee should discuss with his or her Dean any activities that may present carryover questions of conflict with the employee's responsibilities during his or her contract period.
126.96.36.199 Report Form Definitions
For purposes of the reporting form:
Remunerative Relationship: A remunerative relationship is any relationship that results in payments, transfer of goods, or provisions of services to the reporting staff member.
Net Remuneration: Net remuneration includes the value of all payments, goods, and services received as compensation for an activity less expenses. Expenses deducted should not exceed those that could ordinarily be claimed from University administered funds.
Organization: An organization is any corporation, partnership, proprietorship, firm, enterprise, franchise, association, trust or other legal entity other than an individual or body politic (see UWS 8.02 (12), Wisconsin Administrative Code).
Professionally Related Activities: Professionally related activities are activities related to the staff member's field of academic interest or specialization.
Ordinary Professional Activities: Ordinary professional activities are those activities which extend a faculty or staff member's normal institutional responsibilities of teaching, research and service to serving other public institutions, organizations, and professional societies. Examples of such ordinary professional activities would be:
188.8.131.52 Reportable Activities
Those items which are reportable under UWS 8.025 include:
Those activities which need not be reported include:
Rules and procedures governing outside activities are intended to ensure devotion to teaching, research activities and all normal University responsibilities on the part of members of the faculty, while permitting their broad participation in public service or endeavors related to their fields of interest. (In addition to the provisions of this section, see Chapter UWS 8, Section 11.36 Wisconsin Statutes.)
Full-time appointment to the faculty of the University implies that the University has first claim to the individual's professional services. The faculty member's professional duties include such activities as teaching, research, committee assignments, and making his or her services available to students and to the University as a whole. Absences from regular duties are justified when occasioned by (1) the requirements of University-assigned responsibilities, (2) efforts and activities that make specific, identifiable (as opposed to general) contributions to the individual's ability to fulfill the responsibilities of his or her position, and (3) the taking of time that is partially compensatory for unusually long hours devoted in service to the University. This compensatory time shall not entail absences from classes. Faculty members employed on a fractional time basis have similar responsibilities, but they shall be proportionate to the fractional time appointment.
184.108.40.206 Extensive, Recurring or Continuing Activities
In addition to the outside activities specified in Section 4.11.2, outside activities are those activities of a member of the faculty which are of an extensive, recurring, or continuing nature outside of his or her institutional responsibilities during any period of employment by UW-River Falls.
220.127.116.11 Substantial Outside Activities
Substantial outside activities are any outside activities that do reduce or threaten to reduce the faculty member's effectiveness in the performance of teaching, research activities, and all normal University duties. All instances of the following activities are specifically recognized as substantial outside activities:
It is the responsibility of each faculty member to submit a written report of all his or her substantial outside activities to the head of his or her academic unit. This shall be done before an activity is undertaken. If there is doubt as to whether or not the outside activity is "substantial," it is the responsibility of the faculty member to consult the academic unit head regarding the matter. Failure to report substantial outside activities may subject the faculty member to disciplinary action under either Section 4.9 (Complaints) of these rules or UWS 4 (Dismissal).
4.11.651 Forwarding of Reports
Copies of reports of substantial outside activities shall be forwarded through normal administrative channels to the Dean, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Chancellor for the purpose of permitting reviews of the reports.
18.104.22.168 Dealing With Activities Determined Excessive or Improper
If it is determined, at any administrative level, that outside activities are excessive or otherwise improper, oral communication with the faculty member concerned may be used as a means of correcting the situation. However, (a) at the discretion of the administrative officer, (b) upon the request of the faculty member, or (c) if the improper activity persists after oral communication of disapproval and suggested corrections, the faculty member shall be notified of the impropriety in writing. The notice shall include reasons for judging the outside activity improper and recommendations for adjustments in those activities. If the notice does not originate with the head of the academic unit, it shall be transmitted by him or her to the faculty member concerned.
The faculty member may appeal a decision regarding the impropriety of his or her outside activities. The appeal shall be submitted to the Faculty Hearing, Grievance, and Appeals Committee in accordance with the procedures of Section 4.10 (Grievances).
No faculty member shall use University facilities, equipment, or services for purposes of private practice without first obtaining written approval from the department chair, Dean, and the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, and the payment of a reasonable fee for the privilege enjoyed.