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Conflict of Interest A situation in which a person or a family member has a financial interest or non financial interest that may compromise, or provide the incentive to compromise, the behavior in the conduct of the personís duties at the institution, the personís influence on decisions that the institution may make, or the personís influence over his or her associates outside the institution. A conflict of interest may be real, potential or apparent.
Data Privacy - Research 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, staff and other third parties that we possess. Includes the theft of, and intentional or inadvertent loss of such data.
Environmental and Safety Matters - Research 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.
Export Control Violation or suspected violation of the University Export Control Policy and / or laws and regulations governing export control compliance. These include the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Regulations, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions and embargoes.
Fraud - Research 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: Violation of Policy, Sabotage).
Human or Animal Research Inappropriate use of humans or animals involved in research.
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 Deliberate misappropriation of grants or contract funds.
Research 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 personís ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.