UAB is committed to conducting its affairs in ways that promote mutual trust and public confidence. All members of the UAB community are expected to sustain the highest ethical standards in all activities and interactions and to integrate UAB values of integrity, respect, service, and collaboration into teaching, research, patient care, and business services. 

Renamed in 2010, the University Compliance Office manages UAB's Compliance Program, which serves as the framework for identifying areas of risk, addressing concerns, and measuring results. Specific benefits of UAB's Compliance Program include:

  • Enhancing coordination, consistency, efficiency, and effectiveness by providing an institutional perspective of the University's specific compliance assurance activities
  • Reducing risks of non-compliance, as well as potential penalties, by meeting the Federal Sentencing Guidelines' criteria for an effective compliance program
  • Providing continuous management advisory services and support regarding compliance assurance activities, using a risk-based approach
  • Providing a consolidated resource for compliance information and guidance for the UAB community
  • Conducting compliance reviews and recommending plans for improving internal controls, like policies, procedures, processes, or actions
  • Supporting the UAB Ethics Hotline for the reporting of ethical concerns

 

University Compliance Office staff are eager to help departments, programs, and other community members enhance UAB's strong ethical culture. Please contact us for more information on how we can help you reach your goals.
 

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External Activities

UAB is committed to conducting its activities in ways that promote and maintain public trust.  To this end, UAB faculty and staff are required to adhere to the standards set forth in the UAB Enterprise Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment Policy, which establishes requirements for seeking advance approval of both external and internal activities and for disclosing financial interests related to their institutional responsibilities.

Requirements for requesting approval of external activities and disclosing financial interests under the policy are satisfied at one form location on the UAB Electronic Forms website.  See below for specific instructions for completing the External/Internal Activity Approval/Financial Interest Disclosure form for purposes of external activities.  For FAQs intended to provide more detailed information about the form submission process, click here.   Please keep in mind that submission of a Request for External Activity Approval form does not satisfy the requirement to submit an eLAS time off request.

External Activities

External activities are activities performed for entities outside the UAB Enterprise that draw upon the knowledge, skills, or abilities faculty or staff use to fulfill their institutional responsibilities.  Examples of these activities include:
  • external employment, including moonlighting and/or locum tenens activities;consulting;lecturing, presenting, or speaking;
  • establishing and/or supporting a start-up company;
  • serving as an expert witness;
  • participating in a board of directors; or
  • participating in a scientific advisory board.

 

* If approved by the department and school, for those individuals involved in UAB research, pertinent information about the activity will be communicated to the CIRB for inclusion in the individual's financial interests profile in IRAP. As such, there is no need to separately report approved external activities to the CIRB Office or to include the same information in a Disclosure of Financial Interests (as described below).

Request for External Activity Approval form submission instructions:

  • Go to www.uab.edu/uabforms.
  • Enter your blazer id and password.
  • Click on link entitled "External/Internal Activity Approval/Financial Interests Disclosure" (left side of the page).
  • Select the appropriate employment classification.
  • If you are involved in UAB research, indicate that you are an Investigator.
  • Indicate the reason for your form submission is to request external activity approval.
  • Complete the remaining form questions. Where required, please provide a thorough description. This is important to the review process, and insufficient detail will delay reviews.
  • Submit form.

Professional Public Service Activities

Professional public service activities are specific types of external activities that are exempt from the approval requirement. Professional public service activities are considered part of a faculty or staff member's institutional reponsibiliies, whether or not separately compensated. They must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Seminars, lectures, service on advisory committees or boards of directors, or review panels for US federal, state, or local government agencies, institutions of higher education, academic teaching hospitals, medical centers or research institutes that are affiliated with an institution of higher education;
  • Professional studies, services, participation on boards of directors, or participation in manuscript review, grant/contract review, or academic program review for nonprofit/philanthropic entities, professional societies, or professional associations, that are not affiliates of or affiliated with industry or other for profit entities;
  • Seminars, presentations, performances, or board service for civic groups; and
  • Participation on boards of directors with UAB Enterprise affiliated entities.

As exemptions, activities that fall into these categories do not require approval. However, individuals who are responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research must submit a Notice of Professional Public Service Activity form if they acquire $5000 or more from any single entity in a 12 month period for their participation in professional public service activities.

Notice of Professional Public Service Activity form submission instructions:

  • Go to www.uab.edu/uabforms.
  • Enter your blazer id and password.Click on link entitled "External/Internal Activity Approval/Financial Interests Disclosure" (left side of the page).
  • Select the appropriate employment classification.
  • If you are involved in UAB research, indicate that you are an Investigator.Indicate the reason for your form submission is to provide notice of professional public service.
  • Complete the remaining form questions. Where required, please provide a thorough description. This is important to the review process, and insufficient detail will delay reviews.
  • Submit form.


If you have questions about external activities, please contact your department or dean's office. The University Compliance Office can also help answer general questions related to university requirements.