From: Office of the Provost and Human Resources
Virginia Tech has adopted two revised policies that will impact faculty and staff. Both policy revisions are effective August 10.
Faculty are required to report their involvement in external activities, such as consulting or outside employment, and disclose any potential conflicts of interest, such as ownership of a business. The disclosure requirement extends to any employee, including staff members or graduate assistants, with a significant financial interest in an external entity.
A conflict of interest occurs when an employee is in a position to advance one's own interests or that of one's family or others, to the detriment of the university. Any employee involved in external activities or who has a possible conflict of interest must file the appropriate forms annually, by September 14, or in advance of any later occurring activity.
Additionally, the policy requires that all faculty members who are serving as an investigator on a research grant complete training on individual conflicts of interest. Training is available in on-line or in-person formats; registration is handled by the Faculty Development Institute. Register for the remaining August dates here: online or in-person format. Registration for fall term training sessions is available here: online or in-person formats.
A second university policy requires that staff who have outside employment, or additional Virginia Tech employment, complete a form annually to obtain approval.
Employees must file the appropriate forms requesting permission in advance to work outside the normal work schedule within or outside the university. Continuing outside or additional Virginia Tech employment requires annual approval from the supervisor.
For more information contact the Department of Human Resources’ Service Center at 540-231-9331.