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(5)    Researcher Responsibilities

(5A)    SPONSORED PROJECTS

(5B)    INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY POLICY

(5C)    OPEN ACCESS POLICY

(5D)    USE OF HUMAN SUBJECTS IN RESEARCH

(5E)    ANIMAL CARE

(5F)    SCIENTIFIC MISCONDUCT

(5G)    CONSULTING POLICY

(5H)    UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS


(5H)    UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS

For a summary of recent changes to this chapter, see Chapter 9A: Summary of Recent Revisions to this Handbook.

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  1. Research Assistant

  2. Research Participant

Students participating in research under the supervision of a faculty member will fall into one of two categories. Each of these categories has a different tax status dependent on whether or not the student is receiving credit for the research experience or is viewed as an employee providing services to the University or the faculty member.

I.    RESEARCH ASSISTANT

The undergraduate research assistant is a part-time contract employee of Trinity University working with a faculty member. All payments to the research assistant are subject to F.I.C.A. tax. The funding source will also be charged for the employer’s contribution to F.I.C.A. as well as any other costs associated with the employment of the research assistant. Academic credit is not awarded for work in this category.


II.   RESEARCH PARTICIPANT

The research participant is a student registered for one or more credit hours of academic research at Trinity University (the number of credit hours being proportional to the expected level of participation). Research participants are eligible to be considered for need-based financial aid at Trinity University. They may also be supported as program participants on external grants. Indirect costs are not recovered here. Requests for participant support in proposals to external agencies may include stipends, subsistence allowance, and tuition. Payment is not subject to F.I.C.A. tax. Students fulfilling degree requirements which are required for all students seeking that particular degree are also considered as research participants.


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