Participation in outside professional or commercial activities makes important direct and indirect contributions to the strength and vitality of the University and adds to the knowledge and understanding that is relevant and useful to teaching and research. It is essential, however, to have a policy in place to guard against the dangers of inappropriate or excessive outside interests or participation. This policy serves to protect the interested of "Covered Persons" through advancing a very positive goal: defense of the integrity and objectivity of the research and scholarship carried out at the University. The policy is available in full in the attachment below.