Integrity and Compliance

New and Recently Updated Policies

New Policies

As of 03/17/2017

This policy and the supplemental VCU Web Standards and Guidelines establish the general responsibilities for the development, management, and hosting of organizational websites and ensures consistency with standard visual elements in support of the VCU brand and university mission.

Substantive Revisions

As of 03/15/2017

This policy addresses issues of campus accessibility and ensures equal access to academic and employment opportunities through the provision of accommodations. It sets forth VCU's commitment to provide reasonable accommodations to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform jobs, participate in classes or other university functions, or access university information, including information delivered through digital or online methods. Additionally, this policy explains the university's procedures and resources to enable administrators, employees, students and visitors to understand their rights and responsibilities regarding reasonable accommodation. The policy has been revised to include a grievance procedure for student complaints regarding accommodation or accessibility. 

It fulfills relevant federal and state legal requirements, including VCU's Management Agreement with the Commonwealth (under Tier III restructuring authority) that requires a commitment to providing equal opportunity access and reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

As of 03/22/2017

The purpose of this policy is to define the financial goals, objectives, and legal limitations for the investment and management of Virginia Commonwealth University’s funds and to articulate the responsibilities of the university, its investment managers, and its investment advisors, including performance measures and reporting requirements.

As of 01/23/2017

This Policy is to establish VCU’s review and oversight of all research (regardless of the source of funding) that may qualify as Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC). DURC is defined by the United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern as “Life Sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment,  materiel[sic], or national security.” The fundamental aim of DURC review is to preserve the benefits of life sciences research while mitigating the risk of misuse of the knowledge, information, products, or technologies provided by such research where appropriate and as required by federal regulation.

As of 05/22/2017

This policy establishes the criteria, implementation, and procedures by which to carry out the annual assessment of faculty performance. An annual evaluation of all faculty members is conducted on a universitywide basis. This policy was revised to clarify the evaluation process and to provide a process by which faculty members can appeal their evaluations.

As of 01/23/2017

This policy sets forth the requirement for full cost recovery on all sponsored program activities.  It also establishes the criteria and procedure to seek a Facilities & Administration (“F&A”) rate lower than the federally-approved rate applicable to Virginia Commonwealth University.

As of 01/23/2017

In support of all potential research-related endeavors, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is committed to reviewing a research agreement with a Corporate Entity for compatibility with VCU’s principles and compliance with applicable laws.  Toward that end, this policy outlines the explicit requirements and principles for conducting Corporate Research at VCU.   This policy also provides the requisite procedures for seeking university review, negotiation, and execution of Corporate Research agreements, including clinical trial agreements, material transfer agreements, non-disclosure agreements, research agreements, and service agreements. 

As of 05/04/2017

All individuals receiving a university computing account, or using VCU computer and network resources, are expected to comply with this Computer and Network Resources Use policy. All users of VCU computer and network resources are expected to act in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner. VCU computer and network resource users must respect the rights and privacy of other users, share computer and network resources equitably and follow VCU policies and local, state, and federal laws relating to copyrights, privacy, security, and other uses of computer, networks, or electronic media. Additionally, university employees are specifically prohibited from using VCU computers, networks, or electronic media in contravention of Va. Code Section 2.2-2827 as detailed in this policy.

VCU computer and network resources, including email are the property of the university, not the individual. The university has the authority to monitor computing activity as part of its responsibility to operate secure computer and network systems and may monitor electronic activities and inspect data files and communications of individuals when warranted pursuant to this policy.


Minor Revisions

As of 02/20/2017