Laws and Regulations

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UC Berkeley must adhere to a myriad of laws and regulations.  Below is a listing of federal laws and regulations, indicating which unit on campus has primary compliance responsibility.

Rate of pay requirements for employees working under federal service contracts. Also addresses fringe benefits, safe and sanitary working conditions, notification to employees of minimum compensation allowed, and equivalent federal employee classification wage rates.

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An obligation or liability bearing interest at a rate in excess of 6 percent per year that is incurred by a servicemember, or the servicemember and the servicemembers's spouse jointly, before the servicemember enters military service shall not bear interest at a rate of excess of 6 percent during the period of military service.

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Economic Stimulus bill signed by President Obama on Feb. 17, 2009. 

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This law requires an institution that participates in federal student aid programs to disclose graduation rates for the student body. 

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Universities must report annually to their state government and the public the pass rate on state teacher certification examinations taken by their graduates. Low performing teacher preparation programs risk curtailment of federal funds. 

The Philanthropy Protection Act of 1995 requires the charity to provide a disclsoure statement to all annuitants in a Gift Annuity Fund and also to provide the same to all prospective donors at the time of solicitation, using a letter or pamphlet format. 

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Congress enacted this legislation to offer consumers necessary protection from telemarketing deception and abuse. The law directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prescribe rules prohibiting deceptive telemarketing acts or practices.

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education. Though the law is most well known for its effects on collegiate athletics, it also prohibits inequities in curricula such as science or math, and inequities in facilities such as dorms and restrooms.

Prohibits employment discrimination based on gender by educational institutions receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance. Actions Necessary: Requires the adoption and publication of grievance procedures to resolve employee and student complaints, as well as the designation of a responsible employee to coordinate compliance.

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Prohibits gender discrimination in any educational program or activity that receives federal funds. 

Prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin at any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Records must be maintained on racial and ethnic composition. Grievance procedures must be adopted and published, and the college's policy on nondiscrimination must be prominently included in announcement bulletins, catalogs, and application forms. 

Requires disclosures for loans and credit plans, but exempts Perkins Loans and Federal Family Education Loans.

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Requires prime contractors and subcontractors to submit cost or pricing data certified to be accurate, complete and current, respecting government contracts exceeding $500,000.

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As part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, schools are required to readmit students who left in order to join the military. The student must be readmitted in the same academic status. 

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When submitting claims to the federal government, all claims must be closely reviewed to assure accuracy. This covers all grants and contracts. This law is sometimes known as the "whistleblower law," as qui tam plaintiffs (informers who may sue on their own behalf as well as for the government or institution) may bring actions under the law alleging the filing of a false claim. 
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