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Policies and Procedures

Welcome to the TCU Office of Research policies and procedures page. This page is intended to help facilitate compliance and understanding among the TCU research community by communicating research policies and procedures that may apply to their research activities.

The Office of Research’s compliance efforts are supported by the Research Policy Advisory Committee (“RPAC”). This standing advisory committee is chaired by the Director of Research Compliance and Training and composed of active, TCU faculty researchers from each of the eight TCU schools and colleges.

The RPAC provides leadership and helps ensure accountability by evaluating identified risks associated TCU research, scholarship, and creative activities; reviewing existing research policies and procedures to assess compliance with applicable law and university policies; and recommending to the Associate Provost for Research modifications and/or additions to such policies and procedures.

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Also, please know that while the Office of Research has attempted to identify all research policies and procedures on this website, there may be other university, college/school, and/or department policies and procedures that apply to a community member’s research. The researcher is responsible for identifying and complying with all applicable policies and procedures, as well as applicable law.

Research Integrity

The policy entitled “Ethical Conduct of Research and Creative Activities” has been superseded by the “Research Integrity” policy and procedures.  Research Integrity Policy Research Integrity Procedures

Human Subjects

In an effort to exercise appropriate compliance oversight and to protect the rights and well-being of human subjects in TCU research, the Office of Research, in consultation with the TCU IRB, will conduct confidential routine and directed (for cause) reviews of research protocols approved by the TCU Institutional Review Board.  Learn more about this compliance oversight and monitoring here: Human Subject Research Oversight and Monitoring Policy and  Procedures

The policy and procedures for the protection of human subjects in research has been revised.  Please review the revised documents, which are published on the policies and procedures tab. Human Subjects Research Submissions Procedures Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects

Contract Signing Authority

Texas Christian University investigators cannot sign agreements on behalf of the University. Usually, the agreement needs to be set up as a contract between institutions and signed by an Authorized Official who is capable of binding the University to the terms.  TCU PIs are often required to sign agreements to acknowledge that they have Read and Understood it. TCU strongly encourages its PIs to thoroughly read through agreements before signing. Not all agreements are the same and it is very important that TCU PIs and lab members understand and abide by the terms and conditions outlined in the agreement.  Please review the TCU Faculty/Staff Handbook for more information.

Uniform Guidance

TCU will be implementing The Federal Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) issued Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, 2 CFR 200, et al. (the “Uniform Guidance”), as required by applicable federal law.   The Uniform Guidance was generally effective December 26, 2014.

Section 200.110(a) of the Uniform Guidance permits non-Federal entities like TCU to continue to comply with the procurement standards in previous OMB guidance, instead of the procurement standards found in the Uniform Guidance, for three full additional fiscal year after December 26, 2014. TCU has elected to follow previous OMB guidance related to procurement standards in effect prior to December 26, 2014, for three full additional fiscal years. Therefore, TCU will follow previous OMB guidance for procurement through the end of the fiscal year ending May 31, 2018.