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West Virginia University
Animal Care and Use in Research and Teaching Refers to animal welfare issues or compliance violations. Animal welfare issues include known or perceived issues of animal abuse or misuse. Compliance violations include failure to follow any legal or ethical rules, policies and procedures applicable to the care and use of animals in research and teaching.
Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment A conflict of interest occurs when there is a divergence between an employee’s private, personal relationships or interests and their professional obligations to the University such that a reasonable observer might question whether the individual’s professional actions or decisions are determined by or substantially altered by considerations of personal benefit, gain, or advantage. A conflict of commitment occurs when an employee is unable to balance or manage their primary commitment to the University with external, non-University activities. Examples include undisclosed financial interests in outside companies related to University responsibilities, unapproved or excessive consulting activities, and inappropriate vendor or other third-party relations.
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 employees and customers and other third parties that we possess.
Export Controls Refers to issues concerning unauthorized access, release, or disclosure of information, equipment, materials, technology, or technical data in violation of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Office of Foreign Asset Controls Regulations, or any other applicable federal trade regulation. This includes failure to comply with a Technology Control Plan (TCP) or a publication or foreign-national restriction in a research agreement. This also included the sharing, distributing, publishing, or presenting of research results or data that is restricted or controlled by U.S. export regulations.
Fraud The intentional misrepresentation or concealment of information in order to deceive, mislead, or acquire something of value. A fraud is an intentional deception perpetrated to secure an unfair gain. (Examples include: Embezzlement, Violation of Policy, Theft, Sabotage)
Human Subject Use and Research A non-compliance or failure to adhere to any legal or ethical rules, policies or procedures applicable to the rights and welfare of human research participants.
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.
Research Grant Misconduct or Misappropriation of Costs Unallowable or questionable expenditures or cost transfers to government grants, contracts or other agreements. Examples include any expenditures or cost transfers that may be in violation of 2 CFR 200, Uniform Guidance (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards).