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Integrity in Scholarship and Scientific Research. Integrity in research is the basis for the academic search for knowledge. Persons involved in academic research must guard the truth and protect the public trust that research in an academic environment has long held. Activities which interfere with an honest search for the truth cannot be tolerated in a university setting. All effort must be made to maintain an open and honest search for truth through continual commitment by faculty, staff, and students to scrupulous honesty and integrity in research.

Policy Statement.  In the belief that honesty and integrity are essential to the search for knowledge, it is the policy of Coastal Carolina University that all persons involved in research and scholarship must guard the truth, uphold the highest standards in their research and scholarship, and protect the public trust that the academic environment has long held. Whenever any Coastal faculty member, graduate student, or other research employee is accused of serious misconduct in scientific or scholarly research, the University will conduct an inquiry, make a determination concerning the truth or falsity of the allegations, and take appropriate disciplinary action. The process of inquiry will be expeditious and protect the rights of all those concerned, including the complainant and the accused.

Policies regarding Faculty Misconduct and Greivances can be found in both the Faculty Manual and the University Policies and Procedures Manual. Policies regarding student misconduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

Definition of Research Misconduct. Since the search for knowledge is impeded and subverted by the misrepresentation of facts, openness and honesty are commonly accepted norms within the scientific and scholarly community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research.  "Research misconduct" means plagiarism, falsification, fabrication of data, or other forms of deliberate misrepresentation.  It does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data.

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Responsible Conduct of Research training is required certification for all CCU faculty, students and staff participating in research and sponsored programs/projects that require submission of a protocol to the IRB or IACUC.  Specific areas include IRB members, biomedical, humanities, physical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences.


Forms & Tools
Responsible Conduct of Research Training and ResourcesResearch on Human and Animal SubjectsAdditional Resources
CITI Program Institutional Review Board (IRB) Hazardous Materials

RCR Refresher Course

FAQ: IRB Protocol Review Intellecutal Property
The Lab Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Export Controls
Research Misconduct Policy FAQ: IACUC Protocol Reivew Contingency Plan for CCU Animal Research Facilities
   IRB and IACUC Forms  






Human Research Subjects
All research involving human subjects must be approved by the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB).  The IRB is established in accordance with federal law and is administered by OSPRS.  Most funding agencies require evidence of IRB approval prior to making a grant award for a project involving human subjects.  You should contact OSPRS for appropriate forms and procedures for obtaining IRB review/approval.
For more information visit Institutional Review Board (IRB)







Animal Subjects
All research involving vertebrate animals must be approved by the University's Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC).  Like the IRB, the IACUC has been established in accordance with federal regulations and most agencies require approval before they will make a grant for research involving animals.  An Animal Use Questionnaire must be obtained from OSPRS and completed in order for the committee to consider a researcher's project.
For more information visit Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)








Hazardous Materials
Research involving potential hazards associated with the use of toxic materials, infectious organisms, and genetic recombination must be reviewed and approved by the University.  Questions concerning research involving hazardous materials should be directed to Boyd Holt, Safety Compliance Manager, Environmental Health and Safety, 843-349-2817.






Intellectual Property
Patents, copyrights, trademarks, technology transfer
For more information visit Intellectual Property





Export Controls
The purpose of export controls is to restrict the dissemination of technology, goods, and the information to foreign nationals, countries, banned entities, and sanctioned companies.  Exporting information without taking the necessary precautions poses a serious security risk to the U.S. and could result in strict criminal and civil penalties.
For more information visit Export Controls








Contact:  OSPRS@coastal.edu