Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Message from University Counsel: Scholarly Capacity Disclosure Form

The State Ethics Commission recently revised it regulations to permit academic personnel to receive “benefits” for activities they engage in and/or work they perform in their scholarly capacity. This includes honoraria, royalties, travel expenses, academic prizes, and/or other things of value. However, there is a requirement to disclose annually any benefits received from this scholarly activity. Please click here for a copy of the required disclosure form. In addition, please click here for the accompanying instructions on how to complete the form.

Please note that you do not have to include any benefits or extra compensation you may have received via grants and/or funding for trips or travel that was provided through the University. The purpose of this form is only to disclose any benefits you received while working in your scholarly capacity external to the University. Also, the time period covered by this disclosure form is from November 19, 2007 (the effective date of the new regulations), through the end of the 2007 calendar year, or December 31, 2007 (less than 2 months).

If you have any benefits to disclose, please complete this form and return it to me no later than April 30, 2008. The University is required to provide these forms to the State Ethics Commission. Therefore, it is important that all affected employees comply with this requirement.

In order to address any questions that employees may have, I have scheduled three information sessions as follows:

Thursday, March 27, 2008, at University Center Little Theatre, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Friday, March 28, 2008, at University Center Little Theatre, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at Kean Hall, Room 127, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please contact my office by e-mail at ethics@kean.edu to confirm your attendance at one of the above sessions or to ask any questions that you may have. Also, you may review all of the information regarding the new Scholarly Capacity regulations at http://www.kean.edu/EthicsProgram.html

Thank you, Michael Tripodi, Esq.University Ethics Officer