12.1 Research and Compliance


Added: 02/07/2020
Revised: 02/07/2020
Last Reviewed: 01/30/2020
Effective: 03/08/2020

MGA POLICY NAME: Research and Compliance



 POLICY: Middle Georgia State University (MGA) shall abide by all applicable Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG) policies pertaining to Human Subject Research, BioSafety Protocols, and Animal Research Protocols in addition to the requirements, standards, and expectations outlined within federal, state, or municipal research awards or contracts.

 This policy establishes a compliance framework to ensure that the University's research operations are conducted in accordance with relevant professional, ethical, and legal obligations, and are organized to encourage the professional development of qualified and trained researchers, proactive research management, protection of research subjects, and protection of research data.

 CONTEXT: This policy applies to all University employees, students, and records (regardless of location or format) made or received in the transaction of University business.

 The Office of Institutional Research and Data Strategy and MGA’s Institutional Review Board are authorized to draft procedures, standards, and policies related to compliance with this Policy. The Executive Director of Institutional Research and Data Strategy and the Chair of the IRB must approve procedures. The functional data governance committee must approve standards, and the cabinet must approve updates to policy.


  • Short Title: “Research”
  • Original Draft Date: 1/10/20
  • Previous Version: N/A
  • Oversight: University OIR and IRB

Additional Resources:

  • USG Business Procedures Manual 12
  • DHHS Office of Research Integrity
  • NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide
  • NIH Central Resource for Grants and Funding Information

Associated MGA Policies, Standards, Procedures, and Documents:

  • MGA Records Management Policy
  • MGA Open Records Procedures
  • MGA FERPA Policy
  • MGA Privacy Standard
  • MGA IRB Handbook
  • MGA Principle Investigators Handbook