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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Outside Activities Reporting

The importance of outside activities at UW–Madison is captured in the Wisconsin Idea, where knowledge gained from academic enterprise is shared to benefit society. Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in outside activities, share expertise, and transfer intellectual property to the private sector.

Your participation in outside activities may generate conflicts between the needs of the institution and the outside entity. UW–Madison understands that these conflicts are common, frequently unavoidable, and can often be appropriately managed.

Policies of the UW System Board of Regents, federal government, and UW–Madison require disclosure of all outside activities related to your institutional responsibilities. All faculty, regardless of appointment, all academic staff with 50% or greater appointment, and all individuals listed as participants on human subject protocols or on federal grants are required to fill out an annual Outside Activities Report (OAR) and update whenever new outside activities are undertaken.

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