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Employment of Students in Faculty-Owned Businesses



Applies to: 


Juniper Gardens
Policy Statement: 

Students may be employed by companies in which faculty members hold an ownership interest. Prior to such employment, the student, faculty member, the chair of the student's department, the chair of the graduate studies committee and a company representative must sign a disclosure agreement.

Otherwise, students may perform research benefiting a faculty owned company only pursuant to a sponsored research agreement or formal internship agreement through the University. A student may not be employed by a company in which a faculty member (or faculty member's spouse or household member) has an ownership interest in that company if (a) the student is enrolled in a course taught by the faculty member, (b) the faculty member is a member of the student's thesis or dissertation committee, or (c) the faculty member is the student's advisor or the director of his or her thesis or dissertation research.

Student Disclosure Agreement

The Student Disclosure Form (MS Word) is to be filled out whenever a student is employed in faculty-owned businesses according to the policy above.


Susan MacNally
Director, Research Integrity

Approved by: 
Approved on: 
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Effective on: 
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
conflict of interest, student employment
Change History: 

03/23/2015: Added a link to the disclosure form.

01/27/2015: Policy formatting cleanup (e.g., bolding, spacing).

06/11/2014: Technical edits.

03/06/2014: Made correction to Policy Owner.

Personnel: Student Employees Categories: 
Conflicts of Interest
Research and Sponsored Projects Category: 
Research and Sponsored Projects

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