14. Faculty Consulting, External Employment, and Conflicts of Interest
Faculty are permitted and even encouraged to engage in consultation and research within their area of professional expertise when there is not interference with the proper performance of regular duties. Such consultation and research are also permitted with minimal interference with normal duties, as determined by the department head and dean, as long as the activities conform to the University Procedure on Absence from Duty. In all cases, there should be no conflict of interest or unfavorable reflection on either Texas A&M University-Commerce or the State of Texas. Contract research involving faculty salary, reduced workload, or use of University resources must be approved in advance by the President. Agreement must be reached on reimbursable University resources prior to approval. No regular external teaching responsibilities may be accepted without prior written approval from the provost and vice president for academic affairs and/or the president.