Policies and Regulations

This site is to assist you in housing the various policies and regulations required under University and Federal agencies for proper compliance.

Touro University California is the legal applicant for grants and contracts. Sponsored awards are made to the Institution, not to the faculty or staff member recognized by the sponsor. This individual is typically referred to as the Principal Investigator (PI) or Project Director (PD).

To ensure compliance with University policies and state, federal and agency regulations, university administrative officers must review and approve applications for external funds prior to submission to prospective sponsors. OSP fulfills this review through the initiation and routing of the Pre-Approval package through SmartGrants.

OSP oversees various aspects of the regulations, certifications, and compliances listed on this page. Faculty, staff and students who intend to submit applications for external funding should also be aware of and comply with all federal and university regulations, as reflected in the following university policies: Research Integrity, Conflict of Interest, Research Compliance, Drug-Free Workplace, and Lobbying as well as other University policies.  Navigate into TouroOne to view University compliance details.

University Compliance and Policies

Conflict of Interest

Statement from Touro University California COI Policies clarifying the limits on certain activities and arrangements which have the potential for, appearance of, or actual involvement in a conflict of interest and ensuring such situations are adequately reviewed and managed.

Drug Free Workplace

OSP completes certifications regarding Drug-Free Workplace on applications to various federal, state, and other agencies.

Research Compliance

The Office of Sponsored Programs maintains links to the Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee, and Institutional Biosafety Committee. OSP maintains liaison with the University committees overseeing compliance with federal guidelines regarding research on humans, research on animals, and research using biohazards.

Research Integrity

“Faculty members are expected to act at all times in a manner befitting members of the teaching profession. Faculty members are expected to maintain and exhibit the highest level of integrity in all of their behaviors. They should conduct themselves with respect for others and should serve as models of the teaching profession to their students and their community.” (From Touro University California Academic Handbook).

Public Access Policy for Federal Grants

NIH makes the peer-reviewed articles it funds publicly available on PubMed Central. The NIH public access policy requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication. 

NIH Policy on Certificates of Confidentiality

NIH Certificates of Confidentiality (CoCs) protect the privacy of research subjects by prohibiting disclosure of identifiable, sensitive research information to anyone not connected to the research except when the subject consents or in a few other specific situations. CoCs are issued automatically for any NIH-funded projects using identifiable, sensitive information. NIH has updated its Certificate of Confidentiality online system used to request an NIH-issued Certificate of Confidentiality (CoC) for non-NIH funded research.  For more information about how to get a certificate, visit the NIH policy page.