Research Administration News/Policy Updates:

This page contains information about recent PSU, sponsoring and regulatory agency policy changes or other news affecting the administration of research activities.
Revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 16 other federal agencies have issued a final rule updating the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the “Common Rule”), which provides regulatory safeguards for individuals who participate in research.

The revised Common Rule will take effect January 21, 2019. The major regulatory changes are related to human subject research exemption determinations, continuing review, limited Institutional Review Board (IRB) review, informed consent, and use of a Single IRB-of-Record (sIRB). Some of these changes will reduce the burden on both researchers and institutional compliance obligations; however, the regulations also introduce new requirements and some added responsibilities. As a result, there will be anticipated delays to the human subjects research review process at Portland State University in early 2019 during the transition to the new regulations.

See PSU's Human Research Protection Program website for new Human Research Protections Review Forms and additional information about the changes to PSU's review process that align with the revised regulations.
Resumption of Federal Operations 

A continuing resolution has been passed which provides appropriations through February 15, 2019. With enactment of this continuing resolution, the lapse in appropriations has ended and agencies affected by the partial government shutdown are resuming operations.  

Agency specific information will be updated here as it becomes available.

National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation:  Sexual Harassment

Effective October 21, 2018,  new awards or funding amendments to existing awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will contain a new term and condition requiring awardees to notify NSF of:

(1) Any finding/determination regarding the PI or any co-PI  that demonstrates a violation of awardee policies or codes of conduct, statutes, regulations, or executive orders relating to sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault; and/or

(2) if the PI or any co-PI is placed on administrative leave or if any administrative action has been imposed on the PI or any co-PI by the awardee relating to any finding/determination or an investigation of an alleged violation of awardee policies or codes of conduct, statutes, regulations, or executive orders relating to sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault.

Notification must be submitted by an Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) harassment within ten business days from the date of the finding/ determination, or the date of the placement of a PI or co-PI by the awardee on administrative leave or the imposition of an administrative action, whichever is sooner.  At PSU, staff in Sponsored Projects Administration serve as the AORs.

Click on the following link for information about PSU's Sexual Misconduct prevention programs and reporting options: Sexual Misconduct Prevention

PSU's division of Global Diversity and Inclusion:

  1. Investigates complaints of prohibited discrimination and harassment.
  2. Ensures compliance with federal and state affirmative action and equal opportunity laws and regulations.
  3. Ensures compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments, as well as Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act.
  4. Oversees Title IX compliance.