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.


Students (undergraduate, graduate and post-doc) who are hired to work on research projects funded by the National Instituttes of Health (NIH) or the National Science Foundation (NSF) are required to complete training on the responsible conduct of research (RCR). UNCW's current training plan includes completion of online training through the CITI Program (see below), participation in an in-person RCR workshop, and ongoing training in the lab by faculty mentors.

RCR Online Training Links

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

Instructions on how to register for RCR training. (PDF)

If you experience difficulty using the CITI website, please check to see if you are using a current version (issued within last 3-4 years) of one of the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari.

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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. Instructions on how to register for RCR training can be found to the right on this page. Additionally, UNCW has adopted a detailed RCR training plan for any student (graduate, undergraduate or post-doc) supported by NSF or NIH funding.

PIs who hire students with NSF or NIH funds should contact Leanne Prete, research compliance manager, at 2-7774 or pretel@uncw.edu, and provide her with names of students subject to these requirements so that she can ensure training requirements are met.

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