(1) Purpose: This policy is intended to help sensitize the university research community to the wide range of ethical and professional issues that must be considered to ensure a climate of research integrity and to ensure compliance with National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) regulations requiring all undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF or NIH funds to complete training in the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR).
(2) Policy Statement: In adherence to section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act (42 U.S.C. 18620-1), Central Washington University requires education in RCR for all undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers supported by NSF or NIH funds. Graduate Studies and Research is responsible for coordinating, developing, implementing, and tracking appropriate RCR training and oversight for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF or NIH funding. RCR training for faculty supported by NSF, NIH, and other funding agencies is strongly encouraged though not required.
[Responsibility: Dean Graduate Studies; Authority: Provost/VP for Academic & Student Life; Reviewed/Endorsed by: Provost’s Council 7-12-11/Cabinet; Review/Effective Date: 8-17-11; Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President]