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Office of Research Compliance

Responsible Conduct of Research

The Responsible Conduct of Research promotes research integrity through the use of honest and verifiable methods in proposing, performing, and evaluating research, reporting research results with particular attention to adherence to rules, regulations, guidelines, and following commonly accepted professional codes or norms.

The Office of Research Compliance is responsible for ensuring university compliance with state and federal regulations governing research. This office develops and implements policies and procedures for the university along with helping faculty, graduate and undergraduate students conduct research that meets the highest standards of integrity by overseeing the following areas:

  • Data Acquisition and Management, Sharing and Ownership
  • Conflict of Interest and Commitment
  • Human Subjects
  • Animal Welfare
  • Research Misconduct
  • Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
  • Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities
  • Peer Review
  • Collaborative Science 

The integrity of the university's research programs require that faculty, students and staff be aware of the potential for misconduct involving themselves or others, and understand what constitutes misconduct. Misconduct in this regard is defined as:

  1. fabrication or falsification of data, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from commonly accepted practices for proposing, conducting, or reporting research;
  2. material failure to comply with requirements for protection of researchers, human subjects or the public, or for ensuring the welfare of laboratory animals; or
  3. failure to meet other material professional standards or legal requirements governing research. This does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data.

The university community has an obligation to report incidents of misconduct and respond to such reports in accordance with established policies and procedures. Further, individuals reporting misconduct must be protected from reprisals or negative repercussions.

Office of Research Compliance