Florida State University encourages faculty and staff members to undertake outside activities that will increase the employee’s professional reputation and service to the community, subject to certain conditions. If an outside activity is undertaken, the faculty/staff member must take reasonable precautions to ensure that the outside employer or other recipient of services understands that s/he is engaging in such outside activity as a private citizen and not as an employee, agent, or spokesperson of the University. A faculty member must not engage in any outside activity that creates a conflict of interest or interferes with the full performance of his or her academic responsibilities in the classroom or in other assigned responsibilities.
Before assuming or continuing any outside activity during any portion of the calendar year, the Florida State University Faculty Outside Activity Statement form (FSU Form FOA 802) must be completed and approved by the chair/supervisor and dean/director/vice president. After all necessary approvals have been received, the original of the form must be submitted by the dean/director to the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement.