Stony Brook University is committed to the principles of academic freedom, free inquiry, and the open exchange of knowledge. These principles are the bedrock of scholarship and research. The University supports and encourages individuals to pursue and engage in external activities that promote the University's mission, contribute to professional fields, and enhance professional skills. In return, individuals are expected to fulfill their University obligations first and foremost, commensurate with their appointment requirements.
Individuals also have an obligation to avoid conflicts of interest and commitment (defined below) when carrying out their external and University education, research, scholarship, or service responsibilities. All external relationships - both domestic and international - should be transparent and must be disclosed in a manner that is consistent with applicable requirements, including federal and state laws/regulations/agency guidance, as well as Stony Brook's own policies and procedures. Such disclosures must include activities that occur over summer/winter break months. The following expectations and requirements are in place to help avoid pitfalls: