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Policy Points

The Integrity and Compliance Office is pleased to bring you Policy Points, a quarterly notification bringing awareness to all universitywide policy updates. All universitywide policies are located in the policy library, providing centralization and data normalization.

This edition of Policy Points reflects updates from October 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. Questions? Comments? Please do not hesitate to email policy@vcu.edu or call 828-3982 to reach Tony Rapchick, Program Manager, Policy and Regulatory Compliance.

Please visit www.policy.vcu.edu to access current versions of all universitywide policies.



Academic Affairs:

Substantive Change for Regional Accreditation - This policy covers procedures for identifying and reporting academic and non-academic substantive changes (as defined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)) prior to implementation. It achieved final approval through the governance process to ensure compliance with SACSCOC requirements.



Conduct of Animal Subjects Research - This policy describes VCU standards and requirements for animal subject research activities. VCU complies with federal regulations from the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and implements best practices. This policy applies to all VCU research, training, experimentation, biological testing, teaching, and other university-sanctioned activities involving live vertebrate animals regardless of funding source and regardless of where the activity is occurring (for example, at another institution).

Human Subjects Research Regulation - As a state agency, VCU has the ability to adopt regulations that have the force of law. The VCU Board of Visitors adopted this regulation in order to ensure continuity and consistency in research compliance practices and processes. It requires that all research conducted by VCU involving human subjects shall be conducted in accordance with 21 CFR Part 50 (May 30, 1980) and 56 (January 27, 1981), 45 CFR Part 46 (revised June 19, 2017 and amended on January 22, 2018 and June 19, 2018), and 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 (December 28, 2000) and any other applicable federal law or regulation.



None this period


Compliance with Federal Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Requirements

Creating and Maintaining Policies & Procedures

Use of Controlled Substances in Research


[Removals are due to consolidation with other policies; streamlining to meet operational plans; or retirement through the governance process. The Integrity and Compliance Office ensures the integrity of this process.] 

IACUC Written Policies and Procedures - This has been replaced by the new Conduct of Animal Subjects Research policy.


The Policy Program is always available to assist university policy drafters by conducting research of peer institutions' policies, advising on VCU's policy governance process and policy development best practices. Please do not hesitate to contact us!