Security, Integrity and Compliance

Research integrity includes the traditional ideals of honesty, fairness, and compliance with research guidelines and policies, as well as the goal of integrating one's work as a researcher with one's broader life experience and values. This understanding of research integrity is expressed in the Boston College Principles of Research Integrity, which are intended to be a guide for the Boston College research community.

As an institution, Boston College is committed to the highest standards of research conduct supported by many offices and programs, including:


Leigh-Alistair Barzey
Director, Office for Research Protections
Office of the Vice Provost for Research



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Research integrity is a concept that cannot be fully defined by a short, simple phrase. A recent national report asserts that for the individual researcher it "embodies above all the individual's commitment to intellectual honesty and personal responsibility. It is an aspect of moral character and experience. For an institution, it is a commitment to creating an environment that promotes responsible conduct by embracing standards of excellence, trustworthiness, and lawfulness..."
Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, Integrity in Scientific Research, 2002