Faculty Private Consulting

Faculty members can at times provide consultations outside of professional employment. 

The HSC Standard Administrative Procedure on Conflict of Commitment and Interest can be found on the Texas A&M website.

Conflict of Commitment

Members of the HSC community owe their professional allegiance to the HSC, and their primary commitment of time and intellectual energies should be to the education, research and scholarship programs of the institution. The specific responsibilities and professional activities that constitute

that commitment will differ across components and departments, but they should be based on a general understanding between the faculty member, staff member or trainee and his or her department chair and component dean/director.

Even with such understandings in place, however, attempts of faculty, staff and trainees to balance HSC responsibilities with external activities -such as consulting, public service or pro bono work -can result in conflicts regarding allocation of time and energies. Conflicts of commitment usually involve issues of time allocation.

Whenever an individual's outside consulting activities (as defined in Texas A&M University System Regulation 31.05.01 Faculty Consulting, External Employment and Conflicts of Interest) exceed the permitted limits, a potential conflict occurs. A conflict of commitment exists when too large a proportion of an individual’s professional activities are focused on tasks or goals that do not assist the HSC in carrying out its mission.

Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest occurs when there is a divergence between an individual’s private interests and his or her publications to the HSC such that an independent observer might reasonably question where the individuals professional actions or decisions (e.g., research results or commentary on scientific matters) are determined by considerations of personal gain, financial or otherwise rather than a commitment to seeking and transmitting scientifically sound information.

It is the obligation of faculty to inform their department heads or other immediate supervisors of all new and continuing outside professional activities prior to entering into any agreement, including those dealing with intellectua