Category: Policy Update

Policy Alert – April 2022

Posting Date

Department

Contact

Name

Effective Date

Summary

New Policies

3/8/2022

Associate Vice President for Research 

Lauren Wilson

Copyright Policy

3/8/2022

This policy is intended to facilitate the appropriate classification of charitable gifts verses sponsored projects and to ensure that external funding directed to the University receives the proper compliance review, administrative oversight, and monitoring. 

Revised Policies

4/7/2022

Associate Vice President for Research

Lauren Wilson

Internal MOU Policy

4/7/2022

Annual Review conducted

Policy Update – March 2022

Policies
Posting Date Department Contact Name Effective Date Summary
New Policies
3/2/2022 Division of Strategic Communications Kyle Fondren Web Policy 3/2/2022 The University of Alabama seeks to ensure all official University websites and web resources align with the University’s identity standards and strategic goals; provide a consistent navigation and user experience for all; and comply with all applicable UA, state and federal requirements.

Policy Alert – February 2022

Posting Date Department Contact Name Effective Date Summary
New Policies
2/2/2022 Associate Vice President for Advancement Services and Assistant Vice President for Research Administration Kevin Nunnally/Jennifer Camp Distinguishing Sponsored Projects from Charitable Gifts Policy 2/2/2022 This policy is intended to facilitate the appropriate classification of charitable gifts versus sponsored projects and to ensure that external funding directed to the University receives the proper compliance review, administrative oversight, and monitoring.

Policy Alert – January 2022

Posting Date Department Contact Name Effective Date Summary
New Policies
1/4/2022 Office of Institutional Effectiveness Ginger Bishop Continuous Improvement Policy 1/4/2022 The purpose of this policy is to articulate procedural and reporting requirements for assessment and use of data for improvement in academic and non-instructional units to ensure engagement in best practices and compliance with this policy and with the requirements of The University of Alabama Board of Trustees (Board), the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
1/11/2022 Office of the President Marcy Huey Institutional Conflict of Interest/Conflict of Commitment Policy 1/11/2022 The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidance on managing Conflicts of Interest (COI) and/or Conflicts of Commitment (COC) in compliance with Board Rule 106.2 and the State of Alabama Ethics Law, Ala. Code § 36-25-1, et. seq.
1/21/2022 Compliance, Ethics and Regulatory Affairs Marcy Huey Privacy Policy 1/21/2022 This Privacy Policy sets the framework and guiding principles for the collection, recording, organization, storage, adaptation, alteration, retrieval, use, treatment, handling, disclosure, correction, access, processing, erasing, and destruction of personal data by employees of The University of Alabama (UA, University). In keeping with applicable state, federal, and international legislation, the University safeguards the privacy of students, employees, patients, University business, and other matters by protecting electronic and physical records considered confidential or sensitive data or records containing personally identifiable information (PII) and/or personal data. In addition, the University should comply with the laws and regulations regarding the protection of personal data in the countries where we travel and conduct business or to which we send or receive personal data, to the extent that they apply, and to the extent there is no conflict with applicable US laws.  The University is committed to protecting the privacy of personal data within its control consistent with all applicable laws, regulations, and University policies.  Personal data need not be sensitive, confidential, or secret to require protection under this policy. 
Revised Policies
1/11/2022 Human Resources Susan Norton Compensation for Additional Degrees, Certifications, and Licensures Policy 9/24/2021 Changing name of policy to better clarify what is covered. Adding clarifying language for the intent (spirit) of the policy. Removing the procedures and placing them in a separate document.
1/1/2002 Office of Information Technology Ashley Ewing Terms of Use of Electronic Accounts 1/12/2022 Adding specific instructions concerning the retention of email accounts by retirees. Also, update some of the language of the general policy
1/21/2022 Shared Administrative Services Christina Mullis Utility Reimbursement Policy 2/1/2014 Minor revision – template update, language clarification
1/21/2022 Compliance, Ethics and Regulatory Affairs Marcy Huey Youth Protection Policy for External Entities/Third-party Programs 9/1/2017 Language regarding approval/denial of programs has been added. Added information informing third-party groups that UA programs are priority. Housing availability has changed for this group. Information regarding other universities on campus is explained.
1/21/2022 Compliance, Ethics and Regulatory Affairs Marcy Huey Youth Protection Policy for UA Sponsored Programs 9/1/2017 Language regarding other universities using campus without special approval has been added. Edits to some language for better clarity has been changed.

UA Policy Management Updates

Policy Tracking Forms

We have identified an issue that makes it impossible to attach a tracking form after a policy draft has been sent for review, and we have started a ticket with our vendor.  However, until the issue is resolved, the Policy Tracking Form must be attached to the policy draft before it is sent to the first reviewer.

As a reminder, a completed Policy Tracking Form is required for all new and substantively revised policies.  This form may be downloaded from the Resources for Policy Writers webpage.

Annual Policy Review

Per the requirement in the University’s Policy Development and Management Policy, policies must be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that the content is up-to-date, contact names are correct, and links are still active.  Each policy has been assigned an expiration date based on the month and day that it was last revised.  The expiration date for each policy is displayed in the ComplianceBridge End User Portal.  Moving forward, when a policy is revised, the expiration date will be reset for 12 months after the revision date.

Starting in November, policy editors will receive a monthly report that lists all policies for their group that expire within the next 90 days.  The report will only be generated if there are policies due for review.  Written instructions and a video tutorial will be provided with the reminder email.

Policy Links

If you have links to policies on your departmental website, please make sure to update them as soon as possible.  The old links will no longer work after November 30.

Preferred Email Addresses

ComplianceBridge is set up to send notices to your official UA email address, [mybama username]@ua.edu.  If you would prefer to use a different email address, please send your preference to Jennifer Clark at jennifer.clark@ua.edu.

Need Help?

As everyone is getting acclimated to the new system, it is only natural that you may need a little help along the way.  If you experience any difficulty with ComplianceBridge or have any questions, please reach out to Jennifer Clark by email at jennifer.clark@ua.edu, on Teams, or by phone at 205-348-2304.

Policy Alert – July & August 2021

Posting Date Department Contact Name Effective Date Summary

New Policy

7/1/2021 Intercollegiate Athletics Matthew Self Student-Athlete Name, Image, and Likeness Compensation Policy 7/1/2021 This Policy is intended to provide guidance and structure to University of Alabama (UA) student-athletes seeking to earn compensation for the use of their name, image, or likeness while enrolled at UA. It has been developed to be consistent with existing state law related to this topic (See ALA. CODE § 8-26B-50 et seq.)

Revised Policies

7/6/2021 College of Nursing Dr. Patricia Carter Capstone College of Nursing Graduate Faculty Appointment,
Advancement, and Reappointment Policy
8/16/2011 Updated to align with a new Graduate School Policy.
8/10/2021 Bama Dining Kristina Patridge Residential On-Campus Meal Plan Policy 8/1/2006 Previously named “Freshman Dining Program Policy.”  Scope has been broadened to include all students who live on campus.

Policy Update – June 2021

Posting Date Department Contact Name Effective Date Summary
6/1/2021 Office for Research & Economic Development Jennifer Camp Policy on Proposal Routing, Review and Approval for Externally Sponsored Grants & Contracts 6/1/2021 This policy ensures successful submission to the sponsoring agency including, assurance that the proposed project aligns with the mission; institutional commitments can be met and sufficient resources are available to successfully conduct the work.

Compliance Alert – June 2021

Presidential Documents

Protecting Americans’ Sensitive Data From Foreign Adversaries
By the authority vested in me as  President of the United States of America, find that it is appropriate to elaborate upon measures to address the national emergency with respect to the information and communications technology and services supply chain that was declared in Executive Order 13873 of May 15, 2019 (Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain). Specifically, the increased use in the United States of certain connected software applications designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied by persons owned or controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of, a foreign adversary, which the Secretary of Commerce acting pursuant to Executive Order 13873 has defined to include the People’s Republic of China, among others, continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. The Federal Government should evaluate these threats through rigorous, evidence-based analysis and should address any unacceptable or undue risks consistent with overall national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives, including the preservation and demonstration of America’s core values and fundamental freedoms.

Items of Interest

Request for Nominations for Members To Serve on National Institute of Standards and Technology Federal Advisory Committees
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST or Institute) invites and requests nomination of individuals for appointment to seven existing Federal Advisory Committees (Committees): Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board; Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board; National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee; Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction; and Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology. NIST will consider nominations received in response to this notice for appointment to the Committees, in addition to nominations already received. Registered Federal lobbyists may not serve on NIST Federal Advisory Committees in an individual capacity. Federal Agency: Commerce Department; National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Final Rules

Schedules of Controlled Substances: Placement of Lasmiditan in Schedule V
This final rule adopts an interim final rule with request for comments published in the Federal Register on January 31, 2020, placing lasmiditan (2,4,6-trifluoro-N-(6-(1-methylpiperidine-4-carbonyl)pyridine-2-yl-benzamide), including its salts, in schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act without change, apart from a minor amendment to the placement ordering of lasmiditan already made by intervening rules. With the issuance of this final rule, the Drug Enforcement Administration maintains lasmiditan, including its salts, in schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act. Federal Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice Applicable Dept.: UAPD, UMC

Voluntary Education Programs
To ensure equity of student counseling options available to educational institutions, the DoD is amending its Voluntary Education Programs regulation to cite current law and to remove the requirement that an educational institution must have a DoD installation student population of at least 20 military students before it qualifies to be authorized access on a DoD installation that is not overseas. Federal Agency: Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense (DoD) Applicable Dept.: OAA   

Notification of Interpretation and Enforcement of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
This Notification is to inform the public that, consistent with the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock and Title IX, beginning May 10, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will interpret and enforce section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibition on discrimination on the basis of sex to include: Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; and discrimination on the basis of gender identity. This interpretation will guide the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in processing complaints and conducting investigations, but does not itself determine the outcome in any particular case or set of facts. Federal Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Applicable Dept.: Title IX and EEO

Schedules of Controlled Substances: Placement of Remimazolam in Schedule IV
This final rule adopts, without change, an interim final rule with request for comments published in the Federal Register on October 6, 2020, placing the substance remimazolam, including its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers whenever the existence of such salts, isomers, and salts of isomers is possible, in schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act. With the issuance of this final rule, DEA maintains remimazolam, including its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers whenever the existence of such salts, isomers, and salts of isomers is possible, in schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act. Federal Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice Applicable Dept.: UAPD, UMC  

Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit
This technical amendment makes nonsubstantive corrections in the Department’s conforming regulations under the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Federal Agency: Department of the Treasury Applicable Dept.: ORED  

Implementing Statutory Addition of Certain Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) to the Toxics Release Inventory Beginning With Reporting Year 2021
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding three per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of chemicals subject to toxic chemical release reporting under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). This action implements the statutory mandate in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020 NDAA) enacted on December 20, 2019. As this action is being taken to conform the regulations to a Congressional legislative mandate, notice and comment rulemaking is unnecessary. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS   

Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (20-5.B)
EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action requires persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule. This action further requires that persons not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until they have submitted a Significant New Use Notice (SNUN), EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken any risk management actions as are required as a result of that determination. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS   

Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (20-6.B)
EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action requires persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule. This action further requires that persons not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until they have submitted a Significant New Use Notice (SNUN), EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken any risk management actions as are required as a result of that determination. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS   

Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (20-7.B)
EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action requires persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule. This action further requires that persons not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until they have submitted a Significant New Use Notice (SNUN), EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken any risk management actions as are required as a result of that determination. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS   

Cellulose, Ethyl Ether; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of cellulose, ethyl ether; number average molecular weight 13,000 Daltons when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Exponent, Inc. on behalf of Nutrition & Biosciences USA 1, LLC, formerly DDP Specialty Electronic Materials US, Inc. submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of cellulose, ethyl ether on food or feed commodities. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS   

Federal Acquisition Regulation: Analysis for Equipment Acquisitions
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which requires, when acquiring equipment, a case-by-case analysis of cost and other factors associated with certain methods of acquisition, including purchase, short-term rental or lease, long-term rental or lease, interagency acquisition, and, if applicable, acquisition agreements with a State or local government. Federal Agency: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Applicable Dept.: ORED, Procurement

Repeal of the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program Subsidized Usage Limit Restriction
Section 705(b) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 authorizes the Secretary to implement the repeal of section 455(q) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, before, but not later than, July 1, 2023. The Act further provides that the Secretary shall specify on what date and for which award years the implementation of such repeal will be effective prior to July 1, 2023. The Secretary specifies that the implementation of the repeal will be effective as of July 1, 2021 and will apply beginning with the 2013-2014 award year.

Through this regulatory action, the Secretary removes 34 CFR 685.200(a)(2)(i)(A) and (B) and (f) and 685.304(a)(6)(xvi) and (b)(4)(xii) to reflect changes to section 455(q) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), which established the subsidized usage loan limit. The subsidized usage loan limit was repealed by section 705(a) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

Under these regulations, the subsidized usage loan limit will not apply to any borrower that receives a Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loan first disbursed on or after July 1, 2021, regardless of the award year associated with the loan. In addition, in the case of a borrower who has a Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan which is outstanding as of July 1, 2021 and on which the borrower has been responsible for interest because the borrower exceeded the subsidized usage loan limit, the Department of Education (Department) will adjust the borrower’s account to remove the interest that accrued and reapply the borrower’s payments accordingly. Any borrower who has subsidized loan eligibility may receive additional subsidized loans and will not be subject to the subsidized usage limit. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid

Occupational Exposure to COVID-19; Emergency Temporary Standard
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is issuing an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present. During the period of the emergency standard, covered healthcare employers must develop and implement a COVID-19 plan to identify and control COVID-19 hazards in the workplace. Covered employers must also implement other requirements to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in their workplaces, related to the following: Patient screening and management; Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions; personal protective equipment (PPE), including facemasks or respirators; controls for aerosol-generating procedures; physical distancing of at least six feet, when feasible; physical barriers; cleaning and disinfection; ventilation; health screening and medical management; training; anti-retaliation; recordkeeping; and reporting. The standard encourages vaccination by requiring employers to provide reasonable time and paid leave for employee vaccinations and any side effects. It also encourages use of respirators, where respirators are used in lieu of required facemasks, by including a mini respiratory protection program that applies to such use. Finally, the standard exempts from coverage certain workplaces where all employees are fully vaccinated and individuals with possible COVID-19 are prohibited from entry; and it exempts from some of the requirements of the standard fully vaccinated employees in well-defined areas where there is no reasonable expectation that individuals with COVID-19 will be present. Federal Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Labor Applicable Dept.: EHS

Proposed Rules

Negotiated Rulemaking Committee; Public Hearings
Section 492 of the HEA requires that, before publishing any proposed regulations to implement programs authorized under title IV of the HEA, the Secretary obtain public involvement in the development of the proposed regulations. After obtaining advice and recommendations from the public, the Secretary conducts negotiated rulemaking to develop the proposed regulations. We announce our intent to develop proposed title IV regulations by following the negotiated rulemaking procedures in section 492 of the HEA. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid, CERA Comments Due: 7/1/2021

Medicaid Program; Establishing Minimum Standards in Medicaid State Drug Utilization Review (DUR) and Supporting Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) for Drugs Covered in Medicaid, Revising Medicaid Drug Rebate and Third Party Liability (TPL) Requirements
This proposed rule proposes to delay for 6 months the January 1, 2022 effective date for amendatory instruction 10.a., which addresses the reporting by manufacturers of multiple best prices connected to a value based purchasing arrangement, of the final rule entitled, “Medicaid Program; Establishing Minimum Standards in Medicaid State Drug Utilization Review (DUR) and Supporting Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) for Drugs Covered in Medicaid, Revising Medicaid Drug Rebate and Third Party Liability (TPL) Requirements”, published in the December 31, 2020 Federal Register. This proposed rule also proposes to delay for 2 years the April 1, 2022 effective date of inclusion (inclusion date) for U.S. territories (American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) in the amended regulatory definitions of “States” and “United States” for purposes of the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program (MDRP), adopted in the interim final rule with comment period entitled, “Medicaid Program; Covered Outpatient Drug; Further Delay of Inclusion of Territories in Definitions of States and United States”, published in the November 25, 2019 Federal Register to April 1, 2024. In the alternative, we are proposing to finalize an inclusion date that may be earlier than April 1, 2024, but not before January 1, 2023, based on public comments received. We are requesting public comment on the proposed delays of applicable effective date and inclusion date discussed in greater detail below. Federal Agency: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Applicable Dept.: UMC

Notices

Pesticide Registration Review; Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessments for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
This notice announces the availability of EPA’s draft human health and/or ecological risk assessments for the registration review of chlormequat chloride, chlorothalonil and tebuconazole. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 7/20/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Safe + Sound Campaign
OSHA established the Safe + Sound Campaign, a voluntary effort to support the implementation of safety and health programs in businesses throughout the United States. The Campaign includes periodic activities and events, ranging from regular email updates to quarterly national Webinars to local meetings to an annual national stand down, designated to increase overall employer and employee awareness and understanding of safety and health programs and promote employer adoption of these programs. Federal Agency: Department of Labor Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 6/21/2021

Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees
The Public Advisory Committees are each composed of nine voting members who are appointed by the Secretary and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary for three-year terms. Members are eligible for reappointment for a second consecutive three-year term. The Public Advisory Committee members must be citizens of the United States and are chosen to represent the interests of diverse users of the USPTO with respect to patents, in the case of the PPAC, and trademarks, in the case of the TPAC. Members must represent small and large entity applicants located in the United States in proportion to the number of applications filed by such applicants. The Committees must include individuals with a “substantial background and achievement in finance, management, labor relations, science, technology, and office automation.” 35 U.S.C. 5(b)(3). Each of the Public Advisory Committees also includes three non-voting members representing each labor organization recognized by the USPTO. Administration policy discourages the appointment of federally registered lobbyists to agency advisory boards and commissions (Lobbyists on Agency Boards and Commissions, https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/​blog/​2009/​09/​23/​lobbyists-agency-boards-and-commissions (Sept. 23, 2009); cf. E.O. 13490, 74 FR 4673 (Jan. 21, 2009) (While Executive Order 13490 does not specifically apply to federally registered lobbyists appointed by agency or department heads, it sets forth the administration’s general policy of decreasing the influence of special interests in the Federal Government.) Federal Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce Applicable Dept.: ORED Comments Due: 7/9/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Survey 2021-2023
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), within the U.S. Department of Education, is requesting clearance to continue the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Survey collection, which is intended to provide insight on State and U.S. territory SLDS capacity for automated linking of K-12, teacher, postsecondary, workforce, career and technical education (CTE), adult education, and early childhood data. The SLDS Survey will continue to be collected annually from State Education Agencies (SEAs), and will help inform NCES ongoing evaluation and targeted technical assistance efforts to enhance the quality of the SLDS Program’s support to States regarding systems development, enhancement, and use. The request to conduct all activities related to SLDS 2020-22, including materials and procedures, was approved by OMB in May 2020 (OMB#1859-0933 v.8), with a nonsubstantive change request (OMB#1859-0933 v.9) approved in August 2020. The SLDS 2020-22 package included a new data collection tool, a Google Form developed for an electronic data collection. That tool was not as successful in the 2020 data collection as NCES would like (see section A.3 for a richer discussion of this). This revised request is to conduct all activities related to SLDS 2021-23. It submits enhancements to the OMB-approved Survey, intended to bring consistency to questions across sectors, provide greater definition and clarity to terminology and questions used within the SLDS Survey, and address pandemic-related response across states. In addition, this request submits screenshots of the new Qualtrics information collection tool that will replace the Google Form introduced for SLDS 2020 and which will be used in the 2021 SLDS Data Collection (for proposed changes, see Appendix E) and is planned for use in subsequent collections. Finally, this request submits screenshots of the updated webinar, as the SLDS Program proposes the option to host one or two SLDS Survey webinars to familiarize respondents with the collection tool and completion process. All proposed changes are captured within these documents, including accompanying appendices. Federal Agency: Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of Education (ED) Applicable Dept.: OIRA Comments Due: 7/26/2021

Pesticide Registration Review; Sulfuryl Fluoride Draft Interim Re-Entry Mitigation Measures and Registration Review Draft Risk Assessments for Sulfuryl Fluoride; Notice of Availability
This notice announces the availability of EPA’s Sulfuryl Fluoride Draft Interim Re-Entry Mitigation Measures and several registration review draft risk assessments for sulfuryl fluoride. Registration review is EPA’s periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without causing unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide’s registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment. EPA may pursue mitigation at any time during the registration review process if it finds that a pesticide poses unreasonable adverse effects to human health or the environment. To address human health incidents and in response to EPA’s Office of Inspector General 2016 (OIG) Report, Additional Measures Can Be Taken to Prevent Deaths and Serious Injuries From Residential Fumigations (No. 17-P-0053), the EPA believes that the mitigation measures outlined in this Sulfuryl Fluoride Draft Interim Re-Entry Mitigation Measures are necessary to address identified human health risk concerns. The scope of this interim mitigation is focused on the use of sulfuryl fluoride as a structural fumigant in residential use sites. The Agency is also publishing several registration review risk assessments on sulfuryl fluoride for public comment. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 7/26/2021

Notice of OFAC Sanctions Action
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the names of one or more persons that have been placed on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List) based on OFAC’s determination that one or more applicable legal criteria were satisfied. All property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction of these persons are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. Federal Agency: Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury Applicable Dept.: ORED, Procurement

Applications for New Awards; Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions Program
The NASNTI Program provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education (IHEs) to enable them to improve and expand their capacity to serve Native Americans and low-income individuals. Institutions may use the grants to plan, develop, undertake, and carry out activities to improve and expand their capacity to serve Native American and low-income students. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Applicable Dept.: ORED, OAA

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Clean Water Act Section 404 State-Assumed Programs (Renewal)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Clean Water Act Section 404 State-Assumed Programs (EPA ICR Number 0220.14, OMB Control Number 2040-0168) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through July 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via Federal Register during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may not conduct, or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 6/28/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Voluntary Decline of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Form
Funding for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Pub. L. 116-136), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) (Pub. L. 116-260) and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Pub. L. 117-2). Institutions eligible for funding under these statutes may elect to voluntarily decline all or a portion of their HEERF grant awards, in which case the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) will then de-obligate the funds from the institution’s G5 account and will later redistribute the funds to other institutions with greater needs due to the coronavirus. In order to process the de-obligation and redistribution of these funds more efficiently, the Department is requesting approval of a short form that will allow these institutions to provide the Department with information regarding the funds being declined. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Department of Education (ED) Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid, CERA,  Contract & Grant Accounting Comments Due: 7/27/2021

Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) will host virtual public listening sessions on June 16, 2021 and July 8, 2021. The goals of the sessions are to solicit comments and suggestions from stakeholders pertaining to the review of EPA Risk Management Program (RMP) regulation revisions completed since 2017 and to address new priorities, as directed under Executive Order 13990: Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science To Tackle the Climate Crisis (E.O. 13990). The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) will participate in the listening sessions to foster continued coordination with the EPA and receive comments on the Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard. For more information, go to the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 7/15/2021

Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients-May 2021
EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 6/28/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; State Election of Qualified Health Insurance for Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)
Revenue Procedure 2004-12 informs states how to elect a health program to be qualified health insurance for purposes of the health coverage tax credit (HCTC) under section 35 of the Internal Revenue Code. The collection of information is voluntary. However, if a state does not make an election, eligible residents of the state may be impeded in their efforts to claim the HCTC. Federal Agency: Departmental Offices, U.S. Department of the Treasury Applicable Dept.: HR Comments Due: 7/6/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Federal Perkins/NDSL Loan Assignment Form
Institutions participating in the Federal Perkins Loan program use the assignment form to assign loans to the Department for collection without recompense, transferring the authority to collect on the loan. This request is for continued approval of the paper based assignment form and the electronic process. The electronic process allows for batch processing as well as individual processing. The same information is being requested in both processing methods. Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED) Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid Comments Due: 8/9/2021

Cryolite and Propazine; Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
This notice announces EPA’s order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows a March 10, 2021 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 2 of Unit II. to voluntarily cancel these product registrations. In the March 10, 2021 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. This cancellation order terminates the last cryolite and propazine products registered in the United States. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS

Applications for New Awards; Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2022 for the Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs, Assistance Listing Numbers (ALNs) 84.305A, 84.305B, 84.305D, 84.305R, 84.305S, and 84.324X. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 4040-0001. The IES research grant programs are designed to provide interested individuals and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all learners. These interested individuals include parents, educators, learners, researchers, and policymakers. In carrying out its grant programs, IES provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need. Federal Agency: Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education Applicable Dept.: ORED, OAA

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; New Animal Drugs for Investigational Use
FDA has the authority under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) to approve new animal drugs. A new animal drug application (NADA) cannot be approved until, among other things, the new animal drug has been demonstrated to be safe and effective for its intended use(s). To properly test a new animal drug for an intended use, appropriate scientific investigations must be conducted. Under specific circumstances, section 512(j) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 360b(j)) permits the use of an investigational new animal drug to generate data to support a NADA approval. Section 512(j) of the FD&C Act authorizes us to issue regulations relating to the investigational use of new animal drugs. Federal Agency: Food and Drug Administration, HHS Applicable Dept.: ORED, Animal Care Comments Due: 7/12/2021

Early Implementation of the FAFSA Simplification Act’s Removal of Requirements for Title IV Eligibility Related to Selective Service Registration and Drug-Related Convictions
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) publishes this notice, as required by the FAFSA Simplification Act (Act), which was enacted into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, of early implementation of the Act’s removal of requirements for Title IV eligibility related to Selective Service registration and drug-related convictions. It also outlines actions that institutions must take as these changes are implemented in phases across award years 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024. Certain other aspects of the law being implemented are discussed in separate communications. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid

Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations
In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations. EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the requests, or unless the registrants withdraw their requests. If these requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted after the registrations have been cancelled only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 7/19/2021

Notice of OFAC Sanctions Actions
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the names of one or more persons that are subject to the prohibitions under Executive Order 13959, as amended by Executive Order of June 3, 2021, “Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments That Finance Certain Companies of the People’s Republic of China” (“E.O. 13959” or the “Order”), and have been placed on OFAC’s Non-SDN Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Companies List (NS-CMIC List). Any purchase or sale of any publicly traded securities, or any publicly traded securities that are derivative of such securities or are designed to provide investment exposure to such securities, of any of these persons, by any United States person in violation of the Order is prohibited. Federal Agency: Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury Applicable Dept.: ORED, Procurement

Recommendations for Sponsors of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs Approved for Use in Animals to Voluntarily Bring Under Veterinary Oversight All Products That Continue to be Available as Over-the-Counter; Guidance for Industry; Availability
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, we, or Agency) is announcing the availability of a final guidance for industry (GFI) #263 entitled “Recommendations for Sponsors of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs Approved for Use in Animals to Voluntarily Bring Under Veterinary Oversight All Products That Continue to Be Available as Over-the-Counter.” This guidance document provides information to sponsors of medically important antimicrobial new animal drug products who are interested in changing the approved marketing status of these products from over-the-counter (OTC) to by veterinary prescription (Rx) consistent with FDA’s recommendation that the use of such drugs in animals be limited to uses that include veterinary oversight to mitigate development of antimicrobial resistance. It also establishes timelines for stakeholders wishing to comply voluntarily with this guidance. Federal Agency: Food and Drug Administration, HHS Applicable Dept.: ORED, Animal Care

Policy Alert – March 2021

Policy Revisions

Posting  Date

Department

Contact

Name

Effective Date

Policy Summary/Revision

3/10/2021

Capstone College of Nursing

Melondie Carter

Undergraduate Course Review Policy

8/16/2002

Updated and aligned the policy to the current practice for evaluation of UA policies.  

3/9/2021

Compliance, Ethics and Regulatory Affairs

Marcy Huey

Youth Protection Policy for External Entities/Third-party Programs

9/1/2017

Clarified responsibilities for external programs.

3/10/2021

Compliance, Ethics and Regulatory Affairs

Marcy Huey

Youth Protection Policy for UA Sponsored Programs

9/1/2017

Clarified responsibilities for UA Programs. 

Policy Alert – February 2021

Policy Revisions

Posting  Date

Department

Contact

Name

Effective Date

Policy Summary/Revision

2/17/2021

Capstone College of Nursing

Melondie Carter

Student Opinion of BSN Clinical Faculty and Student Clinical Performance
 Effectiveness Policy

1/15/1990

Updated and align the policy to the current practice for evaluation of the teaching effectiveness of undergraduate faculty teaching in the clinical setting.

2/17/2021

Academic Affairs

Charter Morris

Policy for Lawful Permanent Residency Petitions

5/18/2016

Updated some fees associated with PR Process, clarifying approval process flow, and outside counsel representation.

2/2/2021

Finance and Operations

Cheryl Mowdy

Policy on Policies for the Division of Finance and Operations

7/1/2013

Corrected broken link to UA Policy Development and Management Policy.

2/2/2021

Dining Services

Holly Grof

Food Allergy Policy

3/31/2014

Revised to update name of meal plan in the scope statement.  Revision accompanies the Residential On-Campus Meal Plan Policy Revision.

2/2/2021

Human Resources

Nancy Whittaker

Attendance Policy 

8/13/2001

Language has been refined to match better with the Employee Handbook, but requirements have not changed.

2/2/2021

Human Resources

Nancy Whittaker

Background Investigation Report

8/1/2006

Updated broken links.

2/2/2021

Human Resources

Nancy Whittaker

Smoke Free Campus Environment Policy

1/1/2015

Clarified language and removed communication section that was not being followed consistently.

2/2/2021

Human Resources

Nancy Whittaker

Solicitation Policy

9/13/2001

Language has been refined to match better with the Employee Handbook, but requirements have not changed.