The RIO oversees research integrity, compliance, misconduct, conflict management, and all elements of conducting research in an ethical and appropriate manner as per federal, state and institutional regulations.
Research integrity is defined as:
The WCM Research Misconduct Policy can be found below.
Research misconduct is defined as:
Deviations from accepted scientific practice may include the abuse of confidentiality, violation of pertinent federal or institutional regulations and ethical codes, and aiding or facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others.
Research misconduct may also occur if an investigator is aware or recklessly disregards that members of his/her lab or in another lab are engaging in prohibited activities and does not take action to report such activities. To that end, Laboratory directors and scientific leaders must accept special responsibility for the appropriate supervision and teaching of other staff and students, and ultimately must assume responsibility for the validity of all research communications emanating from their laboratories. Carefully recorded experimental protocols and methods are strong deterrents to research misconduct. It is the responsibility of the researcher to ensure that records are maintained to adequately document the work performed.
Honest error or honest differences in interpretation or judgment of data are not regarded as research misconduct
To have an anonymous confidential conversation regrading questions concerning research misconduct you can contact the RIO or you may contact Cornell University’s Ethics point hotline or website:
If you have any questions, you may contact the Research Integrity Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All WCM Academic staff must take the Ethical Conduct of Research (ECR) training course within 60 days of joining WCM. The training must be renewed every five years.
The purpose of this course is to heighten the awareness of trainees to ethical considerations relevant to the conduct of research; Inform trainees of federal, state, and institutional policies, regulations and procedures applicable to the ethical conduct of research; and provide trainees with the opportunity to discuss, in a relatively informal setting, with senior faculty and among their peers, the implications of these policies and procedures for their own behavior in a research environment.
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