New and Recently Updated Policies

New Policies

As of 02/26/2018

This document has been added to the Policy Library to inform the university community that as a federal contractor, Virginia Commonwealth University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Please see the document for additional detail.

As of 12/11/2017

The policy on Reservation and Use of Space at VCU has been implemented on an interim basis to meet a need to clarify how the university community reserves facilities and space to benefit the academic mission of VCU, including the safety and security of students, faculty and staff.

Substantive Revisions

As of 01/22/2018

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), this policy outlines the procedures that the university follows to provide a timely warning/crime alert to the university community upon the VCU Police department’s discovery of pertinent information about a reported crime in which the VCU Police department determines there could be a serious or ongoing threat to the university community or risk of additional incidents in the future. This policy has been revised to more accurately reflect the university’s current procedures for determining whether to issue a timely warning/crime alert and the university’s notification process for the same.  

As of 02/19/2018

The purpose of this policy is to describe effects on a student’s financial aid resulting from course withdrawal in accordance with applicable law and regulations, including the federal Standards for Participation in Title IV, HEA Program, 34 C.F.R. § 668.22. This policy was revised to provide a comprehensive overview of VCU's Financial Aid withdrawal policy and procedures and to include withdrawals from module classes and processing of state aid when a student withdraws.

As of 02/19/2018

The purpose of this policy is to describe a student’s eligibility for continued receipt of Title IV federal funds based on satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in accordance with federal requirements for financial aid. The policy was revised to provide a more comprehensive overview of VCU's SAP policy and procedures as well as update SAP minimum GPA requirements to match VCU’s minimum GPA requirements.

As of 02/19/2018

Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to fostering an environment of uncompromising integrity and ethical conduct in its research and research-related activities. This policy (formerly titled Misconduct in Research and Scholarly Activities Policy) prohibits research misconduct. Faculty, staff, and students involved in any part of the university’s research endeavors must comply with this policy and applicable regulations. Principal investigators bear responsibility for the integrity of research performed under their supervision. Administrative unit heads must pursue reasonable monitoring to ensure the integrity of the activities conducted under their oversight. This policy applies to all research conducted at VCU, regardless of the funding status or source.

As of 03/22/2018

This policy defines the ownership, distribution, and commercialization of rights associated with intellectual property developed at the university. It has been revised to clarify the VCU’s stance on intellectual property and better define the types of intellectual property and their handling. Intellectual property issues not specifically addressed in previous versions are now included to allow for better understanding and management. 

As of 01/22/2018

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), this policy outlines the university’s procedures for prompt emergency notification, response and potential evacuation, upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, faculty or staff occurring on the university’s campuses. This policy has been revised to more accurately reflect the university’s current procedures for determining whether to issue an emergency notification, and the university’s procedures for emergency response and evacuation.

As of 02/05/2018

A conflict of interest is a situation in which financial or non-financial interests of the investigator or the investigator’s immediate family compromise, or may appear to compromise, the investigator’s professional judgment in exercising an institutional duty or responsibility, including the design, conduct, or reporting of research. The appearance of a conflict of interest is as important as an actual conflict of interest. It is the policy of the university that research be conducted in an unbiased manner. Therefore, this policy ensures that research related interests are reported and that potential conflicting and competing interests are evaluated, and appropriately resolved or managed. This policy has been revised to better reflect current practice and is more streamlined and readable. In addition, the section regarding appeals has been significantly revised.

Minor Revisions

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