Summary: General Guidelines for School of Medicine Option 1 Consulting Agreement Guidelines
Revised and approved ***
Per the SOM policy on External Consulting and Professional Activities, Option 1 consulting
agreements are contracts between an individual faculty member and an external entity that
require prior SOM approval. The University is not a party to Option 1 consulting agreements.
The following are guidelines and best practices to protect the interests of the University and help
you comply with its policies. They are not intended as legal advice to you. Please consult your
personal attorney for advice concerning your consulting agreement.
1) Comply with all University and SOM and any other policies for consulting, including
limiting your total days out of the office to forty-five days per year.
2) Make sure that your outside activities are consistent with the performance of all your
University duties, including safeguarding the ability of you and other members of the
University community to conduct present and future research, education and clinical
work free of conflicting commitments or obligations to third parties. Include the following
language in all Consulting Agreements:
"Nothing in this Agreement shall be read or understood to take priority over or restrict
CONSULTANT'S fulfillment of CONSULTANT'S primary obligations of teaching and/or
clinical care and research for the University of Virginia."
3) Make sure all your consulting arrangements, including all product development