Requirements - Responsible Conduct in Research

Reporting Violations or Concerns

For information on how to report an ethical concern or compliance violation, please refer to the Chancellor's Procedures for Reporting Violations or Concerns.

Formal Curriculum

Trainees are mandated to complete a formal curriculum in the responsible conduct of research. Respecting potential time constraints, trainees have been afforded two options for fulfilling the formal curriculum requirement. The first option is to take Ethics and Research Science offered by the School of Medicine’s Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences each Spring (L41 5011). In six 90 minute sessions, students will explore the following ethical issues: student-mentor relationships, allegations of fraud, collaborators´ rights and responsibilities, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, and publications. The second option is to complete an online training module, Program for the Ethical and Responsible Conduct of Science and Scholarship (PERCSS) managed by Research Education and Information (REI) at Washington University. Training consists of eight web-based learning modules providing an introduction to ethical and responsible research and covering topics such as authorship and publication, collaborative research, conflict of interest, data ownership, acquisition, sharing and management, mentor-trainee relationships, peer review and research integrity. In addition to completing the online modules, trainees must participate in eight hours of face-to-face ethics education. This may be satisfied by attending either two PERCSS-sponsored Research Ethics Workshops or all of the ethics-based presentations at the Department of Pediatrics Fellows' Forum held on Tuesdays from 4-5pm in conference room 10A NWT. A schedule of presentations may be obtained from the Training Grant Coordinator. Trainees must complete ethics training once within the appointment period.

Required Readings on Ethics and WU Policy

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