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.
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.
- Conflicts of Interest (FCOI) (financial and nepotism)
It is the responsibility of all employees to disclose anything that is, or may appear to be, a significant financial interest that could directly or indirectly affect the design, conduct, and/or reporting of research and/or affect professional judgment in the conduct of sponsored activities. Note that FCOI disclosures apply to all external awards. See policies 8.2 (FInancial Conflicts of Interes in Sponsored Activities) and 11.16 (Nepotism).
- Whistleblower Protection
This statute provides expanded protection for employees that report evidence of wrongdoing to specific officials, which includes mismanagement of funds, abuse of authority, a danger to the public health, and a violation of law.
- Report Suspected Fraud, Waste, and Abuse and Research Misconduct
- Drug-Free Workplace
Each employee that participates on a federal grant or other federal award must comply with the SFA's Drug-Free Workplace policy and must make the proper notifications to SFA as a condition of employment. See policy 13.11 (Illicit Drugs and Alcohol Use).
- Protection of Human Research Subjects (IRB)
The Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB) is charged with the responsibility for reviewing and approving research involving the use of human beings as subjects of research activities in accordance with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) guidelines. Note that most agencies require that the IRB review and approve protocols prior to proposal submission. See policies 8.4 (Human Research Subjects Protection) and 8.8 (Payment to Human Research Subjects).
- Animal Care and Use (IACUC)
University policy requires that all projects involving the use of live vertebrate animals must be reviewed by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) prior to the initiation of research. Note that most federal agencies now require that protocols using animals be reviewed and approved by the IACUC prior to proposal submission. See policy 8.6 (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, IACUC).
- Export Control Regulations
Export control regulations are federal laws that prohibit the unlicensed export of certain goods, products, or information for national security and to protect trade. Project directors should review this section prior to hiring non-US citizens, traveling to a foreign country, or shipping items to a foreign country.
- Biosafety and Select Agents
Research involving biohazards, such as novel recombinant DNA, blood-borne pathogens, and carcinogens requires protocol review in compliance with National Institutes of Health guidelines prior to the submission of a proposal or the start of the research. See policy 8.9 (Recombinant DNA and/or Infectious Biohazards in Teaching and Research).
- Environmental Safety and Health/Radiation
The University Radiation Safety Officer is responsible for ensuring the effective use of safety measures relating to radioactive materials and radiation devices, consistent with the Radiation Control Program of the Texas Department of Health, the Texas Radiation Control Act, and the Federal Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act of 1968. See policy 13.17 (Radioactive or Radiation-Producing Materials of Equipment).