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20.5.3  Faculty Consulting

Consulting with or without additional compensation is recognized as an appropriate professional activity to the extent that it enhances the professional stature and vitalizes the teaching and research capabilities of the Institute and the unit member.

Off-campus consulting shall not interfere with the unit member's primary professional responsibilities.

Off-campus consulting, during the academic year when regular classes are in session, which is in excess of two (2) days per month must be approved by the Department Head and Dean of the individual's School. Such approval shall not be unreasonably withheld.

20.5.3.1  Government Sponsored Grants/Contracts

Since the state and federal governments have strict guidelines regarding internal consulting, a principal investigator wishing to employ a consultant from within the Stevens faculty must contact the Director of Sponsored Projects to insure that charges for internal consultants are allowable.

Consulting, whether done through the Institute or outside the Institute, may not exceed two days per month without written permission from the Dean of the appropriate school. Consulting may not exceed one day per week.

The consultant will apply to his/her Department Director for permission to consult, to indicate the time required, and to determine the potential consultant's willingness to serve at the appropriate salary.

If the Department Director approves of the consulting, he/she must submit a written justification to the Dean of the potential consultant's School about the consulting arrangement and have the Dean's approval before any work is performed. The written justification must include the number of days per month, the total number of days the consulting will take, and the reason why the consulting cannot be done on load relief (i.e., charging a percentage of the consultant's regular salary to the grant/contract). In addition, if the proposed consulting is for more than two days per month, a statement that the consultant's obligations to the department are fully met must be included.

Compensation will be paid at a daily rate equal of 1/195 of the individual's nine-month salary.

20.5.3.2  Non-Government Grants/Contracts

Consulting, whether done through the Institute or outside the Institute, may not exceed two days per month, one day per week with written permission from the appropriate Dean.

The consultant will apply to his/her Department Director for permission to consult, to indicate the time required, and to determine the potential consultant's willingness to serve at the appropriate salary.

If the Department Director approves of the consulting, he/she must submit a written justification to the Dean of the potential consultant's School about the consulting arrangement and have the Dean's approval before any work is performed. The written justification must include the number of days per month, thetotal number of days the consulting will take, and the reason why the consulting cannot be done on load relief (i.e., charging a percentage of the consultant's regular salary to the grant/contract). In addition, if the proposed consulting is for more than two days per month, a statement that the consultant's obligations to the department are fully met must be included.

The daily rate charged by the consultant should be reasonable.