Research Misconduct Policy

Faculty, staff, post doctoral fellows and students of UNCW have the responsibility to seek honestly and to promote ethically the truth in all phases of their work. This responsibility includes production and dissemination of research and creative activities, applications for funding, reports to funding agencies, and teaching and publication materials. It also applies to the professional relationships among faculty, post doctoral fellows and students.


Members of the UNCW community may register for the online Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative at the University of Miami.


UNCW has a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research.

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Responsible Conduct in Research


Each member of the university community has a responsibility to create and foster an environment promoting intellectual honesty and the highest standards of academic integrity. This includes attributing appropriate credit for work that is not your own, communicating responsibilities clearly to collaborators, practicing accurate and unbiased data collection, and being a good role model to other members of the research team.

Research misconduct constitutes unacceptable personal conduct with respect to scholarship and research. Disdain for misconduct in any aspect of research or scholarly endeavor must be upheld, as misconduct in any form is destructive of the standards the university attempts to instill in its students, the public perception of academia and academic disciplines, and the financial support of the government and other sponsors for scholarship and research.


Thorough training on the responsible conduct of research (RCR) is critical for all researchers. There are times when the right choice is very clear, but there are also times when the best ethical decision is difficult to identify. In recognition of this, UNCW has subscribed to and encourages all researchers to complete RCR training through the University of Miami's CITI program. Additionally, UNCW has adopted a detailed RCR training plan for any student (graduate, undergraduate or post-doc) supported by NSF funding.

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