Researcher Conduct

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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 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. Anyone who becomes aware of a possible incident of research misconduct by a member of the university shall 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.

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Each university member is expected to report actual or suspected violations of laws, regulations, VCU policies and procedures or other misconduct. Management has a special duty to recognize and report violations.