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Researcher Conduct

Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research at VCU encompasses five areas: subject protection, research integrity, environmental and safety issues, fiscal accountability, and education.

Conflict of Interests

The Activity and Interest Reporting System (AIRS) facilitates assessment, identification, and management of conflicts of interest impacting research.

Research Ethics Consultation

The Office of Research Integrity and Ethics and the VCU CCTR provide consultation for researchers who have ethical, social or policy questions or concerns related to their research. A consult can be requested at any stage of the research process.

Research Misconduct

Research misconduct is the fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion. VCU policy requires that anyone who becomes aware of a possible incident of research misconduct involving VCU research or scholarly activities immediately report the information to the Research Integrity Officer (RIO).

Export Control Laws and Trade Sanctions

Export control laws restrict certain items, software, technology and services from being transmitted overseas or to a foreign person within the U.S. If you are traveling abroad, employing foreign persons, collaborating with international research partners, or hosting foreign visitors/students, export control laws may apply.

Using Controlled Substances in Research

Certain research activities require the use of controlled substances. Authorized individuals must comply with federal and state laws and regulations and University policy regarding their use.

Federal Whistleblower Protections

From July 1, 2013 through January 1, 2017, employees working on a Federal Government contract, subcontract or grant are provided enhanced whistleblower protections under a pilot project implemented by under 41 USC ยง4712.

VCU Faculty-Held IND or IDE

The Clinical Research Compliance Officer has been appointed to assist and track all VCU Faculty or VCUHS Employee Sponsors on FDA IND or IDE (Significant Risk and Non-Significant Risk) applications. Being a Sponsor of an IND or IDE for clinical research presents a unique set of regulations, requirements, and reporting. Guidance, templates, and procedures are established to assist Sponsors and Sponsor-Investigators and their teams to meet these requirements.