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Research at Boston College

Educational Activities

Responsible Conduct of Research

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program is an educational effort that was initially created to respond to regulatory requirements proposed by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Although those proposed regulatory requirements have not been formally adopted, ORI and research institutions like Boston College have moved forward in developing educational programs addressing the nine core instructional areas:

  1. Data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership
  2. Mentor/trainee responsibilities
  3. Publication practices and responsible authorship
  4. Peer review
  5. Collaborative science
  6. Human subjects
  7. Research involving animals
  8. Research misconduct
  9. Conflict of interest and commitment

Responsible Conduct of Research Program for Administrators

Although not directly involved in research, administrators play an important part in promoting the integrity of the research enterprise.  Frequently, administrators encounter ethical decisions in an environment of competing obligations and responsibilities.  Administrative staff need to develop the skills to 1) identify when situations present ethical conflicts, 2) reason among possible courses of action, and 3) effectively implement their best solution to the problem.  The  RCR materials and tutorial program we have developed are designed to fill this gap in RCR education and to enhance the environment of research integrity at Boston College.

Research Involving Human Participants

The Boston College Office for Human Research Participant Protection (OHRPP) is the primary resource for information related to research involving human participants. The OHRPP website offers a number of informative resources on the regulatory environment as well as Boston College policies and procedures. OHRPP, in collaboration with the RCR program, holds periodic training programs. Complete details are available on the OHRPP website. The primary Federal resource for information and compliance requirements is the Office for Human Research Protections at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Research Involving Animals

Please see the website of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for complete information on compliance requirements pertaining to the use of animals in research. The IACUC holds an annual training program for all members of the university community who are involved in animal research. The compliance requirements are defined by the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Compliance Education and Training Upon Request

Please contact  Dr. Stephen Erickson if you would like to discuss the development of an educational session or training program in compliance requirements that are not described on these pages.

Additional Links of Interest:

BC Program on the Responsible Conduct of Research
Office of Research Integrity Instructional Resources