Full-time academic appointees are not normally eligible to receive additional compensation for activities related to their recognized duties, except that in certain cases members of the faculty may receive honoraria for lectures or other services.

The Executive Vice Chancellor is delegated the authority to approve payment of honoraria of up to $2,500 per event for one or more days, and to approve exceptions up to $5,000 per event.

The Executive Vice Chancellor is delegated the authority to approve payment of honoraria to members of the faculty, in accordance with Section 666 of the Academic Personnel Manual. All requests for payment of honoraria to University faculty members should be forwarded to the Executive Vice Chancellor through the Office of Academic Personnel.

Vice Chancellors, Academic Deans, and the Director, UCI Medical Center are delegated the authority to approve payment of honoraria of up to $2,500 to individuals who are not University faculty members. This authority may not be redelegated further.

Generally, an honorarium is a payment or an award granted in recognition of a special service or distinguished achievement for which custom or propriety forbids any fixed business price to be set.

In order to avoid misunderstandings, it is recommended that the amount of the honorarium be specified in an agreement or in correspondence with the individual who will receive the honorarium. A copy of the agreement or correspondence should accompany the request for payment.

Please note: Total annual honoraria under this policy may not exceed 10 percent of the appointee’s annual base salary.

For UC faculty, an honorarium is a special payment that normally falls into one of the following categories:

Within the University community and its activities, honorarium payments for those who are not UC Faculty include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • A payment for conducting a seminar or a workshop of no more than two-week’s duration.
  • A payment for a musical demonstration related to Music Department instruction.
  • A payment for a guest speaker at a commencement exercise or other similar function.
  • A payment for an appraisal of an article to be submitted to a professional publication.
  • A payment to Continuation Education of the Bar (CEB) authors and lecturers.

The following are not considered honoraria:

  • Performance fee payments to individuals or groups for professional services not directly related to academic functions.
  • Payments to independent consultants providing primarily professional or technical advice to the University in an independent contractor relationship.
  • Payments to faculty consultants who hold a faculty appointment and who provide specialized professional or technical advice to a campus extramurally supported project or to an activity supported from University funds.
  • Additional compensation for Summer Session Teaching, University Extension Teaching, University Extension Correspondence courses or Extramurally Funded Research.

(From University of California Accounting Manual, D-371-35 and Academic Personnel Manual.)

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