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Compliance and Safety

ORSP is charged with oversight of faculty and staff in the ethical and safe conduct of sponsored projects and research. Individuals proposing research projects which anticipate the use of human subjects, carcinogenic or toxic compounds, vertebrate animals, recombinant DNA, pathogens, and/or radioactive materials should contact ORSP for further information about any of these areas.


Procurement & Property Services Statement of Compliance: Stephen F. Austin State University will comply with OMB Circular A-110 Procurement Standards as defined in Subpart C, Post-Award Requirements, Section .40-.48 for all federal grant funded procurement until September 1, 2016.  Effective September 1, 2016, Stephen F. Austin State University will comply with applicable procurement standard as defined in 2 CFR 200, “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.” See also Procurement & Property Services: http://www.sfasu.edu/purchasing/3710.asp.  See also Procurement policies.


To comply with HB 1295 (84R) faculty who conduct or participate in research are required to "conspicuously disclose" the sponsor of the research in any public communication based on results of the research. Instructions on how to comply with this requirement: Required Disclosure of Research Sponsors in Public Communications.


CITI Research Ethics Training Programs:
SFA subscribes to the CITI Program which provides research ethics education courses in the areas of Human Subjects Research (HSR), Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPS), Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI), and Animal Care and Use (ACU), and other areas of interest. All SFA faculty, staff and students are encouraged to create a CITI account and register for applicable CITI courses for the purpose of their research, activities and coursework.


As stated in policies 7.19 (Misconduct in Scholarly or Creative Activities) and 8.7 (Misconduct in Federally Funded Research), SFA strives to create a climate that promotes faithful adherence to high ethical standards in the conduct of scientific research, scholarship, and creative activities without inhibiting the productivity and creativity of the academic community

Faculty scholars and other personnel at SFA are expected to adhere to the highest ethical standards for all research and scholarly work. It is the responsibility of every research investigator to maintain the integrity of research projects, including maintaining an auditable record of experimental protocols, data, and findings.