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Research at Boston College

Research Integrity and Compliance

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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 . . ." 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 the offices and programs listed below.

Human Research Participant Protection Program
BC faculty, staff, and students are required to submit all research proposals that involve human participants to the BC IRB for review and approval. The IRB reviews research proposals to ensure that the risks and benefits are appropriate and that research participants are fully informed of the research.

Research Compliance
The university’s research compliance program provides support and education for faculty members, students, and staff in regulatory requirements for scientific research. The Office for Research Integrity and Compliance (ORIC) has three main responsibilities: research compliance education, oversight, and information clearinghouse.

Technology Transfer and Licensing
This site offers members of the university community tools to further awareness of the issues involved in moving innovative ideas in to the marketplace for the benefit of society.  It provides a guide to facilitate the protection of intellectual property, and to avoid pitfalls and potential problems. In addition, potential commercial partners are invited to review current technologies available for licensing.

Responsible Conduct of Research
The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program at Boston College is part of the educational and outreach activities of the Office for Research Integrity and Compliance. Our goal is to develop and make available to the Boston College research community programs and materials that will increase the knowledge of and facilitate the practice of responsible research.

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee
IACUC oversees and evaluates all aspects of the Boston College's animal care and use program. Find information on the Animal Care Facility's services, facility hours, personnel, Web resources, and training opportunities.

Office of Environmental Health and Safety
Information on biological, chemical and radiation safety, as well as the management of hazardous materials and waste, can be found at this website. In addition to being a comprehensive and valuable resource on those issues, EHS conducts a number of training programs and provides compliance oversight, advice and asisistance. EHS is represented on a number of compliance committees, and it collaborates with the Office for Research Compliance and Intellectual Property Management on such matters as compliance with the federal select agent regulations.