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Universities that accept federal grants which sponsor research and services must also accept many "strings attached"; that is, standard terms, conditions and related federal laws that apply to fund managment and the conduct of research.  State and private funders also have minimum expectations about financial controls and ethics in research.
Over the past several years, the Office of the Chancellor has worked closely with the university Provosts and grant directors to address areas where required university policies and procedures were outdated or lacking.  

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Misconduct in Research/Responsible Conduct in Research
The Office of Research Integrity of the US Department of Health and Human Services and most federal sponsors require universities to have a policy on the responsible conduct of research and responding to allegations of misconduct. As of November 2015 the Office of the Chancellor is developing a system wide Procedure/Standard to provide all universities with the basic requirements. Indiana University has a university policy that was submitted and approved by the Office of Research Integrity. It is available at the following link:    Research_Misconduct_Policy_Statement_3-28-11.pdf 
The following web site is supported by the NSF as on-line resource in ethics education: The Online Ethics Center.  Shippensburg University has developed a Research Training and Oversight Program, which is available as a model for all PASSHE Universities.
Conflict of Interest
Researchers, and their immediate families, may not have financial interests that could bias the outcome of their research. Even the appearance of a conflict is cause for objective parties to question research results.  To avoid the appearance of impropriety researchers must disclose such interests prior to initiating their reserach.  In most cases the appearance of a conflict, or an actual conflict, can be managed by adopting some simple precautions.  As of November 2015 the Chancellor's Office is developing a Procedure/Standard for all universities that complies with the Uniform Guidance and most, if not all, federal agency requirements.
Compensation Policy (Time and Effort Reporting)
Researchers and project directors must be very conscientious in dividing their time among different sponsors and university duties. In addition, Federal rules require that faculty and staff be compensated for their time on sponsored projects at a rate that is consistent with their base annual salary. The 2009  Administrative procedures, approved by Legal Counsel and issued by the Office of the Chancellor, provide a framework for university administrators when reviewing/approving faculty and staff time commitments; these procedures are now being updated with a release expected in early 2016.
Technology Transfer & Commercialization
The State System provides services to support universities and faculty in protecting and commercializing intellectual property, specifically inventions and discoveries.  A partnership with the Penn State Research Foundation makes this possible and financially feasible. An informative web site is available at
International Trade and Export Control
Export Control Laws are federal regulations that restrict the transfer of certain materials, technology, related technical data, and certain services outside the United States in the interest of protecting the national security and domestic economy.  A committee of grant directors is currently developing procedures for compliance with 1) Export Administration Regulations implemented by the Department of Commerce, 2) International Traffic in Arms Regulations implemented by the Department of State and 3) Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control economic and trade sanctions which protect foreign policy and national security goals. The Office of the Chancellor has provided Guidelines and Supplemental Information to the universities to assist in compliance with these laws.  Web resources are available on the System's intranet , including a summary of the regulations, campus training sessions, newsletters and more.
Subrecipient (Subaward) Management & Monitoring
When a State System researcher collaborates with a researcher from another institution and the university awards a portion of the grant to the other institution (i.e., a non-federal entity) to carry out work under the grant, that award is a "subaward" and the entity receiving it is a "subrecipient".  The university is responsible for ensuring that sponsor funds, including those funds that the university provides to other entities, are spent in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. The Uniform Guidance requires the university, as the pass-through entity, to monitor its subrecipients. There are several other significant requirements as well.
A committee of grant directors developed system-wide Procedures/Standards for meeting this requirement. The procedures for Subrecipient Management and Monitoring were released by the Office of the Chancellor in July 2015.