Outside Activity Tracking System (OATS)

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What's New in UC OATS?

Navigate to the UC OATS Release Notes website where details are provided about the current release. Past UC OATS release notes are also available and listed below the most current release notes.

OATS is launched!

The new UC Outside Activity Tracking System (OATS) is an easy-to-use, web-based application through which university faculty members and specialists in cooperative extension can report outside activities and income, in accordance with UCOP conflict of commitment policies.  

  • Read the official announcement here.


For questions related to the policies covering outside professional activities, please consult with the academic personnel expert in your department. Department staff with policy-related questions should consult their dean's office. 

For technical questions or feedback about using the OATS application, or this website - please send an email to: oats-help@ucdavis.edu 


We recommend checking out the "APM 025 Resources & FAQs" and the "APM 671 Resources & FAQs" pages. There are several resources available for faculty who are identified as "Users" of OATS, department and deans' office staff identified as "Reviewers" in OATS, and Department Chairs/Associate Deans who are identified as "Approvers" in OATS. 

UC OATS Background

In April 2017, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provosts of seven UC campuses endorsed a multi-campus collaboration for a system to facilitate tracking, review, and approval of faculty outside professional activities, related to the University of California, Office of the President (UCOP) Conflict of Commitment policies: APM 025, APM 240, APM 246 and APM 671. All campuses were invited to submit a proposal to serve as the IT partner for this initiative.

The proposal from DGIT, the IT office for the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at UCLA, to leverage the Outside Activity Tracking System (OATS) already in use by DGSOM Health Sciences faculty, was ultimately selected. UC Davis was chosen as the first campus at which the new system-wide version of OATS would be deployed, in fall 2018.

Visit the system-wide OATS project page for more information.