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University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Animal research Failure to obtain IACUC approval for animal research project; unapproved deviation from IACUC approved protocol; failure to follow IACUC or DCM policies or procedures for care and use of research animals.
Conflict of Interest Concerns related to possible violations of conflict of interest policies for anyone involved in University research.  This list can include faculty, staff, students, trainees, visiting scientists, adjunct faculty, etc. in any type of research, either externally funded or supported by the University.  A conflict of interest is where an individual has an actual, potential or the appearance of an overlap of an external activity, interest or relationship with their University research.
Data Privacy Refers to the technical, contractual, administrative and physical steps taken by the institution to protect against unauthorized access to and disclosure of personally identifiable data of students, faculty and other third parties that we possess. Includes the theft of, and intentional or inadvertent loss of such data.
Export control violations Violations of export control regulations including both physical exports and deemed exports.
Fraud The intentional misrepresentation or concealment of information in order to deceive, mislead, or acquire something of value. Examples include providing false or misleading information in an application for funding; stating progress that hasn't been realized in an interim or final report; or misrepresenting expenses in a financial status report.
Human Subjects research Failure to obtain IRB approval for human subjects research project; failure to follow research procedures as outlined in the protocol/research plan reviewed and approved by the IRB (this covers a wide range of issues, such as failure to obtain informed consent, failure to obtain IRB approval for study modifications, enrolling subjects who do not meet inclusion/exclusion criteria, altering visit schedules); continuation of research activities after a study has expired; failure to report unanticipated problems or adverse events (in a timely manner); failure to follow the federal regulations; state and local laws; institutional policies governing human subject research; or the requirements or determinations of the IRB.
Intellectual Property Infringement, Misappropriation or Disclosure Any unauthorized or inappropriate use, misappropriation or disclosure of confidential information (in any form) or intellectual property belonging to the institution or any institution's customer, supplier or business partner, including, without limitation, any intellectual property protected under any U.S. or other laws relating to copyrights, patents or trade secrets. Also includes any unauthorized or inappropriate use of any institution computer system.
Misappropriation of Costs Failure to use research funds as stipulated in the terms and conditions of an award. Examples include charging personal expenses as business or research costs; charging for costs which have not been incurred or are not attributable to the award; charging for inflated labor costs or labor costs that are not benefitting the award; and billing one or more awards for the same work.
Research Grant Misconduct / Scientific Misconduct Fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research. Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reprinting them. Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment or processes, or changing or omitting data or results, such that the research is not accurately reported in the research record. Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.
Research Non-Compliance Examples of research non-compliance can include using animals, humans, biohazards, radiation or select agents without oversight committee approval; sharing research resources or data without authorization or sponsor approval; issuing a sub-award to a debarred or suspended individual or entity; unauthorized deviations from the approved scope of work or approved protocol; and unallowable or questionable expenditures or cost transfers to government grants, contracts or other agreements.
Safety and Environmental Matters Failure to meet the requirements of any applicable law, rule or regulation relating to the environment, working conditions or workplace safety, including, without limitation, regulations promulgated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and similar agencies in other jurisdictions. Includes a failure to inform supervisors of the failure to meet the requirements. Do not use this site to report events presenting an immediate threat to life or property. Reports submitted through this service may not receive an immediate response. If you require emergency assistance, please contact your local authorities immediately.
Other Research Matters Other matters of concern not specifically outlined above.