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Handbook of Operating Procedures

Miscellaneous Professional Services

Policy Number: 197


Miscellaneous professional service requests


Miscellaneous professional services of individuals external to the University

Date Reviewed:
April 2021
Responsible Office:
Finance and Business Services
Responsible Executive:
Senior Vice President, Finance and Business Services


The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ("University") uses the miscellaneous professional services of individuals external to the University only when those services cannot be provided by members of the University community. 

Miscellaneous professional services are services provided by individuals who are invited to the University for the purpose of research, lectures, interviews, statistical analysis, or other similar activities.  It is the responsibility of the relevant dean, department chair or program director to select the most qualified individual available (considering the nature and extent of services required) to provide these services.  Miscellaneous professional services do not include formal and ongoing relationships such as those with an external consultant. (See HOOP Policy 196 Purchase of Consultant Services). Miscellaneous professional services relationships may only be with individuals, and not corporations or businesses. Total payments to any one individual under the terms of this policy may not exceed $15,000.

Remuneration for miscellaneous professional services that normally occur at the University (e.g., lectures) may not exceed $1000 per day plus travel expenses. Payments for professional services may be made from general funds; however, any fee in excess of $1000 per day may not be made with general funds. A department must request and justify in writing any request for compensation that exceeds the specified allowable limits. This request must accompany the Miscellaneous Professional Services Form submitted to the Expense Reimbursement Team.


Detailed information about the procedure for requesting miscellaneous professional services can be found on the Expense Reimbursement Team website.     


    • Employee Reimbursement Team
    • 713-500-4958