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Research Conduct
University Research Ethics Committees
Record Keeping (Notebook) Policy
Classified Research Policy
Academic Freedom
Policy on Research Misconduct
Consulting Policy
Professional Research Staff
 

University Research Ethics Committees
The University of Virginia has two committees assigned responsibility for investigation of alleged misconduct. Investigation of suspected research misconduct in the School of Medicine will be conducted by a permanent Research Ethics Committee of the School of Medicine. The School of Medicine Research Ethics Committee serves at the request of the Dean of the School of Medicine as a permanent advisory committee. The University Research Ethics Committee serves at the request of the Provost. Its purpose is to investigate allegations of misconduct committed during the conduct of University research by anyone other than a member of the School of Medicine.

See also: Research Ethics

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Record Keeping (Notebook) Policy
Each investigator should accurately record all research procedures undertaken, observations made and all results, regardless of whether its value or import is apparent. These records should be maintained for at least five years and all data and notebooks resulting from sponsored research are the property of the University of Virginia.

See also: Recordkeeping (Notebook)

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Classified Research Policy
Since restrictions inherent in classified research can compromise investigators' academic freedom to communicate, the University of Virginia does not encourage, but does not prohibit its faculty from engaging in classified research. Classified research must be approved by the Committee on Classified Research and the Provost. The faculty member must submit a written description and justification of the project, its academic merit, and the restrictions on the dissemination of its results. Each proposal will be considered on its own merits but the University will not approve contracts if the identity of the sponsor and the general nature of the research cannot be revealed to the public.

See also: Classified Research

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Academic Freedom
Just as Thomas Jefferson proposed, the University continues to be based on the "illimitable freedom of the human mind," and endorses the statement on academic freedom of the Association of University Professors.

See also: Faculty Handbook

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Policy on Research Misconduct
" Expressions of concern" involving issues of research misconduct should be brought to the attention of the Vice President for Research and Public Service or the Dean of the Medical School who will determine if the complaint constitutes an "allegation" of research misconduct. This official will charge a Committee to conduct an "inquiry" to determine whether the allegation can be substantiated with sufficient evidence to warrant an "investigation." If investigation is warranted, this official will charge a Committee to examine evidence and information collected to determine whether misconduct has taken place. Necessary University sanctions or disciplinary action will be taken by the supervising Dean or appropriate senior academic official. The respondent may take action through normal grievance procedures.

See also: Research Misconduct

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Consulting Policy
Under certain circumstances full-time faculty may receive supplemental compensation for consulting outside the University or for assuming internal overload responsibilities outside the faculty member's normal responsibilities subject to certain limitations. Approval by the dean, Provost and Comptroller may be required. Faculty are encouraged to undertake such activities for the Division of Continuing Education but must receive prior approval in every instance. Primary responsibility for implementation of and accountability under the policy shall rest with the Provost, working through the deans of the schools.

See also: Faculty Overload Responsibilities For Supplemental Compensation

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Professional Research Staff
Principal investigators may hire research personnel to assist with sponsored projects for a period of time for which funding has been identified. The PI has administrative and supervisory responsibility for these employees and at no time is the University obliged to continue employment of research staff should research funding be reduced or terminated. Job descriptions and hiring procedures as well as terms and conditions of employment are delineated in this document. These are similar to but not identical with those applicable to University employees.

See also: Professional Research Staff

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