Dartmouth College is committed to a campus-wide compliance program that includes policies, procedures, and clear standards-of-conduct that promote adherence to applicable federal and state laws, as well as program requirements of federal, state, and private funding agencies. Dartmouth College is committed to education, training, and communications programs that proactively promote the College's research compliance program.
When the College receives a report of perceived deficiency in research compliance, the College will promptly investigate and take appropriate action to ensure compliance.
The government requires that all institutions of higher learning receiving
research funds maintain the highest ethical environment possible, and take
prudent action to assure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and
sponsor guidelines. Dartmouth College fully supports a proactive approach to
ethical business conduct and regulatory compliance.
In 1989, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) introduced a requirement that institutions provide a program of instruction in the responsible conduct of research. This requirement was announced in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on December 22, 1989 (Vol. 18, No. 45), and again on August 17, 1990 (Vol. 19, No. 30).
In 1992, this was expanded to require that all fellows on NIH training grants should receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research. The requirement can be found in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts (Volume 21, Number 43) On December 1, 2000, the Office of Research Integrity announced a new "PHS Policy on Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)". This policy proposes to extends the requirement for instruction in responsible conduct of research to all "staff at the institution who have direct and substantive involvement in proposing, performing, reviewing, or reporting research, or who receive research training supported by PHS funds or who otherwise work on the PHS-supported research project even if the individual does not receive PHS support."
When you have a question about the ethical or regulatory implications of past, present or future actions you or others are involved with, you should discuss the matter at once with your immediate supervisor.
If you are not comfortable with this, or you are not satisfied with the response, you are encouraged to contact Elizabeth A. Bankert, Assistant Provost or Martin.N.Wybourne@Dartmouth.edu., Vice Provost for Research.
Last Updated: 12/23/08