Revised APM 025, 670, and New 671
F I N A L I Z E D P O L I C Y
March 25, 2015
DEANS, DEPARTMENT CHAIRS, and DIRECTORS
Re: Revised APM 025, 670, and New 671, Conflict of Commitment and Outside Professional Activities of Faculty Members
The Office of the President has issued the following policies concerning Conflict of Commitment and Outside Activities, effective July 1, 2014:
- APM 025, Conflict of Commitment and Outside Activities of Faculty Members
- APM 670, Health Sciences Compensation Plan (HSCP); and
- New APM 671, Conflict of Commitment and Outside Activities of Health Sciences Compensation Plan Participants (APM 671 will replace APM 670, Appendix B)
Revised APM 025 and APM 671 provide new guidance to identify and manage Outside Professional Activities to ensure that when a faculty member participates in activities outside of the University, the activities do not interfere with fulfilling the individual's responsibilities to the University. Outside Professional Activities that interfere with a faculty member's professional obligations to the University constitute a Conflict of Commitment.
APM 671 governs Conflict of Commitment issues for members of the Health Sciences Compensation Plan (HSCP), while APM 025 applies to all other faculty (including Health Sciences faculty who are not HSCP participants).
Central to both policies is the principle that faculty owe their primary professional allegiance to the University in time and effort. However, APM 025, as revised, eliminates the relevance of compensation as an element of the policy.
By contrast, for HSCP participants, the University needs to be informed about time, effort, and earnings (type, amount, and disposition) and APM 671 provides guidance as to how all earnings are treated under the Plan. The success of the academic and clinical enterprise is dependent on the productivity and revenue generation by Plan participants. The policy also stipulates special conditions for clinical work, in particular that all clinical income is due to the Plan and that in no case will Plan participants be allowed to retain income from patient care (clinical) activities.1 Revised campus procedures to implement APM 671 will be implemented by July 1, 2015. Until then, HSCP participants remain subject to APM 025 and current APM 670 Appendix B, but the latter will be retired effective June 30, 2015, or as soon as all HSCP campuses and schools implement APM 671, whichever date is earlier.
Appendix 19 of The CALL contains Frequently Asked Questions explaining the application of APM 025 at UCLA. See https://www.apo.ucla.edu/policies/the-call/appendices-1/appendix-19-conflict-of-commitment-and-outside-professional-activities.
For systemwide FAQ’s, see http://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-025/apm-025-671-faqs.pdf.
The revised policies are available online at:
APM 670 Appendix B (page 16)
Finally, please join us for one of two Town Halls at the Faculty Center to discuss APM 025 scheduled on:
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, California Room, 9-11am
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Sequoia Room, 9-11am
More information about the meetings will follow shortly.
Vice Chancellor, Academic Personnel
Jonathan D. Varat Distinguished Professor of Law
1APM 671 attempts to use language parallel to that found in APM 025 wherever possible, particularly in these sections: purpose, definitions, responsibility, general principles, and guidelines; separating Outside Professional Activities into three categories based on the extent to which they are likely to constitute Conflict of Commitment (Categories I, II and III activities); time limits; disclosure, prior approval, and reporting requirements; authority; non-compliance; and grievances.