Tag Archives: compliance

Spotlight on Policy – Conflicts of Interest

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak What is a Conflict of Interest (COI)? A COI exists when individual interests outside of their position might influence official responsibilities.  A bias may exist that harms the University when Universities have an obligation to protect the reputation of their school and to not weaken public trust. Examples of COI: Financial – […]

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News Roundup: New NIH Requirements, the Ethics of MRT, Controversy, and More

NIH introduces new requirements: NIH has introduced some new requirements to address transparency and rigor in applications. There are a number of recent notices that pertain to this requirement:  NOT-OD-16-058, NOT-OD-16-034, NOT-OD-16-011, NOT-OD-16-031, NOT-OD-16-012, NOT-OD-16-005,  NOT-OD-16-004,  NOT-OD-15-103, NOT-OD-15-102.  In addition, Open Mike is blogging on the subject. OSP has also graciously shared a document outlining these changes created by […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Institutional Biosafety Committee

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Biosafety regulations are required by a number of federal government offices including NIH, the CDC, APHIS, and DOD.  At VCU Biosafety falls under the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS), the Chemical & Biological Safety Section (CBSS).  Some information is provided below which only scratches the surface of this important topic. […]

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The Importance of MER Certification: Keep Your Eye On the Money, Honey!

In July 2015, the College of Humanities and Sciences followed the trail blazed by the School of Medicine and implemented the online Monthly Expenditure Report (MER) Certification process in PI Dashboard. Things went pretty well in the first months, but those were summer months, and over this fall semester, we have noticed that some of our […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Internal Audits

BY: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Interested in some CYA should VCU internal auditors come knocking on your door?  I could not find any VCU policies that directly regarded internal audits but I did find some helpful information to be aware of on our Assurance Services website.  Let’s make an attempt to take bite out of the mystery […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Animal Research

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Are you an administrator wanting to learn more about regulations on Animal Research?  Here is a brief primer for you in regards to federal regulations, a link to some of the guidance provided by VCU, and ethical considerations to be aware of.  The US has come a long way in eliminating animal […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA)

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak What is the FFATA (Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act)? FFATA requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to maintain a single, searchable website that contains information on all Federal spending awards. That site is at http://www.USAspending.gov. The purpose of this information is to “empower every American with the ability to […]

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News Roundup: Gene Editing, NSF T/C, and More

In research administration news this week: Debate on the ethics of gene editing: As debate continues, US News and World Report has a great primer article about gene editing and its ethical issues. Targeting of scientists: PETA has sent out hundreds of letters to the neighbors of an NIH director and research scientist, urging people to […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Integrity and Compliance Training

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Spotlight on Policy:  Integrity and Assurances In the spirit of the Integrity and Compliance Training VCU requires its employees to complete every year around this time, this week’s Spotlight on Policy blog post covers a few of the gems covered in the training and how they may be connected to Research Administration. […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Records Retention

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak It is the responsibility of the University to retain records for minimum periods of time in order to conform to laws set forth by both the state of Virginia and the federal government.  Understanding a few of the federal regulations underlying our policies is helpful.   Why do we retain records? Freedom […]

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