Tag Archives: ethics

News Roundup: School Reform, Benefits for Postdocs, and More

School reform may impact higher ed. Congress has voted to scrap the No Child Left Behind act. Now they are working on what will replace it. Read more here.  “University lobbyists are hoping that Alexander can also wave his magic wand to make government oversight of academic research less onerous. He has promised to incorporate […]

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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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News Roundup: LEIE Updates, Happy Birthday UG! and More

The List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE) is now available for download in new CSV formats. This database file can be downloaded and used to verify whether individuals or entities proposing to work with us on grant projects are on the “No” list.  The databases are updated monthly to add new exclusions and to remove those […]

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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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Spotlight on Policy: Intellectual Property

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak What is Intellectual Property? “Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.” (World Intellectual Property Organization)   “IP is protected in law by for example, patents, copyright and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from […]

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Spotlight on Policy: Export Controls

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak What is an Export? When an item is transferred physically from the U.S. to a foreign country An export includes actual shipment of goods or carried during international travel, An export is also when information is transmitted to a person or entity in a foreign country, whether in writing, or via email, […]

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Audit Curious?

In the category of Interesting Things I Stumbled Across Online, today’s post concerns audit findings and investigations related to federal programs. The 146-page report by Charlene Blevens (Palm Beach State College) has been out there for a while, but it’s truly fascinating.  The summary lists audits, settlements, and investigations going all the way back to […]

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Spotlight on Policy: When is an IRB review required?

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak When is an IRB review required? Before we answer the main question, let’s back up a step and first ask What is an IRB? An Institutional Review Board or IRB is a committee established to review and approve research involving human subjects.  IRBs are also commonly referred to as human research ethics […]

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Spotlight on Policy: What is a Policy?

BY: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak In light of the Uniform Guidance (UG) and the changes and updates to policy it will initiate, let’s briefly touch on the subject: What is a Policy? The UG is a great opportunity to review existing policies and address those gaps in procedures that may be needed in your department. VCU’s Integrity […]

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