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University of Richmond Research Misconduct and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Policies

Research Misconduct Policy

The University of Richmond expects adherence to the highest ethical and moral standards in the conduct of research and scholarly activity by all members of the University community, including faculty, staff and students. Research misconduct is fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, reviewing, or reporting research. Definitions of these and other terms are provided in the University of Richmond’s Policy and Procedures for Responding to Allegations of Research Misconduct. Students, faculty and staff should familiarize themselves with this important policy.

Under the University of Richmond’s research misconduct policy, the University of Richmond Provost will serve as or designate the “Deciding Official” for allegations of research misconduct. The Provost will also designate the Research Integrity Officer (RIO), who is currently the Director of the Office of Research Compliance and Integrity. The full University of Richmond Research Misconduct Policy is also available at the websites of the Institutional Review Board and the Office of Foundation, Corporate and Government Relations (FCGR).

Responsible Conduct of Research

To minimize the risks of conducting research misconduct, researchers should participate in available training on the responsible conduct of research. This training is available for free to all University faculty members, students and staff. The training is made available through the University’s subscription to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). CITI training on the responsible conduct of research can be downloaded HERE. Note that there are four different RCR courses and researchers should be careful to register for the appropriate course:

1. Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research Course
2. Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course
3. Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research Course
4. Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research Course.

The U.S. Office of Research Integrity provides excellent resources on the responsible conduct of research (RCR), including an online book, Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research. Please contact the IRB Chair or Dr. Jacque Fetrow if you have any questions on these policies.