Tag Archives: VCU policy

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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Spotlight on Policy: Outside Professional Activities

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Outside Professional Activity (OPA): “Any service rendered by a faculty member to persons or organizations external to the university, without university sponsorship, for the purpose of advancing, applying, or transferring knowledge in a field of endeavor related to the faculty member’s employment at the university.” While the dissemination of research findings is […]

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Special Update: OSP Staffing Levels are Critical!

We received an email from our central OSP office this morning that we need to share with you. This is OSP’s current proposal pipeline for this week:   Our OSP office works very hard, but they are deluged with proposals and they are effectively at half their normal staff.  This is unprecedented and ultimately critical […]

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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: Research Subject Payments

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak PROCUREMENT POLICY AT VCU: Payment options for research or survey participants: Direct pay – requires vendor setup in Banner, and the Direct Pay / General Encumbrance Form Petty cash Gift/Bank cards Payment for gift cards cannot be done with a p-card; purchase orders or petty cash only Departments can also purchase gift […]

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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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Spotlight on Policy: Cost Share

By: Maggie Gallagher-Mondak Today’s spotlight is a light refresher on Cost Share.  Once the cat is out of the bag (or the cost share is proposed), we can’t just forget about it.  There is an important amount of follow up to do post-award, and today’s post will provide some general background, remind us what follow […]

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Bonus News Roundup: NCURA Chair-Elect at VCU, US ORI News, and More

Big News for CHS-OSP.  I’ve recently been informed that I have been elected NCURA Region III Chair-Elect!  This means that I’ll be assisting the current Chair for a year (starting in May), and will be the official Chair for the next year’s Spring Meeting (2017).  I’m honored to have been chosen for this opportunity, and […]

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