Research Compliance - Coastal Carolina University
In This Section

Coastal Carolina University policy is that all faculty, staff and student must guard the truth, uphold the highest standards in their research and protect the public trust that the academic environment has long held.

Animal Subjects

The USDA Animal Welfare Act and the NIH Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Animals require that institutions conducting research with animals establish an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The IACUC provides oversight and helps ensure compliance with all laws, regulations and policies governing the care and use of research and teaching animals.

Export Control

The U.S. government regulates the transfer of information, commodities, technology and software considered to be strategically important to the U.S. in the interest of national security, economic and/or foreign policy concerns.

There is a complicated network of federal agencies and inter-related regulations that govern exports collectively referred to as Export Controls. In brief, export controls regulate the shipment or transfer, by whatever means, of controlled items, software, technology or services out of U.S. (termed an "Export").

Perhaps of even more consequence to the University, is that the government also restricts the release of certain information to foreign nationals here in the U.S. (referred to as a Deemed Export).

Export controls have the potential to severely limit the research opportunities of University faculty and their students and staff, as well as to prevent international collaboration in certain research areas.

Non-compliance with export controls can result in severe monetary and criminal penalties against both an individual as well as the University, and can result in the loss of research contracts, governmental funding and the ability to export items.

For more information, please visit the OSPRS Export Control page or the U.S. Export Control & Related Border Security website.

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, director of Environmental Health and Safety, 843-349-2817.

Human Subjects

Investigators conducting human subjects research must satisfy DHHS regulations [45 CFR Part 46] and FDA regulations [21 CFR Part 50 and 56] regarding the protection of human subjects, as applicable.

When considering whether an activity meets the definition of human subjects research per DHHS regulations one must consider two federal definitions: research and human subject. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of Coastal Carolina University.

The CCU Institutional Review Board (IRB) website has more details on this topic.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property describes a wide variety of property created by musicians, authors, artists and inventors. The law of intellectual property typically encompasses the areas of copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret and know-how.

It's designed to encourage the development of art, science and information by granting certain property rights to all artists, which include inventors in both the arts and sciences.

These rights allow artists and inventors to protect themselves from infringement, unauthorized use and misuse of their inventions and creations by others.

The OSPRS Intellectual Property website contains additional information on property rights.

Research Misconduct

Since the search for knowledge is impeded and subverted by the misrepresentation of facts, the concepts of 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. 

Whenever any faculty member, staff or student engaged in research is accused of 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.

Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI)

Financial conflicts of interest exist when a significant financial interest, defined below, could directly and significantly, affect the design, conduct, or reporting on results of funded research or educational activities.

As outlined in ACAD-132, any Principal Investigator (PI) engaging in federally funded Public Health Service (PHS) research is required to complete FCOI training provided through the CITI Program.

CITI Program Registration Instructions for creating a NEW CITI Learner account.

CITI FCOI Registration Instructions for adding a FCOI course to an existing CITI learner account.

In accordance with the regulation, disclosures are required at the following times:

  • At the time of application for PHS funding;
  • At least annually during the period of award;
  • Within 30 days of acquiring or learning of a newly acquired significant financial interest; and
  • Within 30 days of an Investigator newly participating in the project.

To make a disclosure, please download the FCOI Disclosure Form and return it to

Return to the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Services home page.
Not looking for grant information? Click here to access all Coastal Carolina University pages.