Policies

Federal Agency Policies

Links to federal agency policies, such as the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

National Science Foundation

National Institutes of Health

Responsible Conduct of Research 

All undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF to conduct research must complete Responsible Conduct of Research Education.

Effort Reporting Policies and Procedures

The federal government requires an effort report when an individual is compensated by or has agreed to contribute time to a federally sponsored project. All faculty who serve as investigators on sponsored agreements are personally responsible to certify the amount of effort that they and their employees spent on sponsored activities. See effort reporting policies and procedures.

Davidson College Research Policies

Links to detailed information on Davidson College's research-related policies:

Conflict of Interest 

Davidson College has established standards and procedures to be followed by investigators applying for federal funding to ensure that the design, conduct, or reporting of research, educational activities, cooperative agreements or contracts will not be biased by any conflicting financial interest of those investigators responsible for the proposed activity. See Davidson College's conflict of interest statement.

Drug-Free Workplace 

Davidson College is committed to providing its employees with a safe work place while promoting programs that encourage high standards of employee health and prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of alcohol on college premises or as a part of any of the college's activities. See the full drug-free workplace policy.

Ethical Conduct in Research and Scholarship 

It is the policy of Davidson College that research and scholarship carried out by its faculty and staff be characterized by the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior. See the ethical conduct in research and scholarship policy.

Full Year Sabbatical Fringe Benefits 

If a faculty member on full-year sabbatical with half-salary paid by the College receives an external grant(s) to supplement the salary provided by the College, the faculty member may be paid all normal fringe benefits by the College on the total amount up to, but not exceeding, the equivalent of the regular, full salary for that sabbatical year. See the policy on full year sabbatical fringe benefits.

Intellectual Property Policy 

The Intellectual Property Policy statement clarifies the ownership rights to inventions made by employees and students of Davidson College. See intellectual property policy.

Indirect Cost 

It is the policy of Davidson College to retain fifty percent of all facilities and administration (F&A) (formerly indirect costs) reimbursements to cover research-related overhead expenses incurred by the college. Unless otherwise restricted by the funding agency, the remaining fifty percent is divided between the principal investigator, the investigator's department, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs' research fund. See the indirect cost policy for the distribution.

Grant-Related Computer and Electronic Device Purchases Policy 

Davidson College has established standards and procedures to be followed by investigators regarding the purchase of computers and other electronics devices being used for grant-related purposes. See the policy on grant-related computer and electronic purchases.

Sabbaticals and Leaves of Absence

Faculty members are encouraged to plan well in advance for sabbaticals and leaves of absence. The college policy is to enable faculty members to avail themselves of as many opportunities for personal and professional development as possible, but this must be combined with planning for stable departmental programs and curriculum.

Faculty eligible for sabbatical leave, assistant professor leave, or planning a leave of absence should carefully review institutional policies and procedures governing these activities. In many cases, externally-funded grants and fellowships do not cover benefits; therefore, it is especially important to determine which college-paid benefits will be covered during leaves.

If a faculty member on a full-year sabbatical or leave with half-salary paid by the college receives an external grant or grants to supplement the salary provided by the college, the faculty member may be paid all normal fringe benefits by the college on the total amount up to, but not exceeding, the equivalent of the regular, full salary for that sabbatical/leave year. More details on fringe benefits during full-year sabbatical.

Details regarding sabbaticals and leaves are found in the Faculty Handbook.

Summer Salary Distribution

The summer salary distribution policy is in place in order to assist faculty with the potential tax burden associated with grant-related supplemental income. See more details on the summer salary distribution policy.