Assurances of Compliance

Davidson College, its fiscal agents, principal investigators, program directors and project staff must comply with all regulations applicable to awards from federal agencies.

Assurances of Compliance

Agencies frequently require certification assuring institutional compliance with regulations governing federally- or state-funded research. Certification is assured via institutional signature, compliance checklists or forms included in the application packet.

The following assurances of compliance have been filed by the College with the appropriate federal agency:

  • Age Discrimination (HHS 680)
  • Sex Discrimination (HEW 639-A)
  • Civil Rights (HHS 441)
  • Misconduct in Science
  • Americans with Disabilities (HHS 641)
  • Drug-Free Workplace
  • Human Subjects Assurance #00006286 and Federal-wide Assurance Effective through 10/17/2015
  • Animal Care and Use Assurance #A3422-01 effective 05/06/2010 through 03/31/2014

Lobbying

Federal funds may not be used to lobby, i.e., to influence or attempt to influence an officer or employee of any federal agency, any member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a member of Congress in connection with any specific award.

Debarment and Suspension

By signing the organizational prior approval sheet (OPAS), the principal investigator or project director certifies that, to the best of his/her knowledge, neither s/he nor any of the key personnel included in the proposal:

  1.  is presently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment; is declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from transactions with any federal department or agency.
  2. has, within a three-year period prior to submission of the proposal, been convicted of, or had a civil judgment rendered against him/her for commission of fraud or a criminal offense in connection with obtaining, attempting to obtain, or performing a public transaction or contract under a public transaction; violation of federal, state antitrust statutes or commission of embezzlement, theft, forgery, bribery, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements or receiving stolen property.
  3. is presently indicted or otherwise criminally or civilly charged by a government entity (federal, state, or local) with commission of any of the offenses in 2. above.
  4. has, in a three-year period preceding submission of the proposal, had one or more public transactions terminated for cause or default.

Non-Delinquency of Federal Debt

By signing an application or proposal to a federal agency, the principal investigator or project director certifies that she/he is not delinquent in any debt to the federal government. Exceptions are debts owed to the Internal Revenue Service and payments due under the Social Security Act or U.S. Tariff laws.

Conflict of Interest

Davidson College maintains a formal administrative process for the review and reporting of potential conflicts of interest in research.