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Current Policy

WSU's current policy on "Ethical Standards in the Conduct of Research” (otherwise known as research misconduct policy) was adopted by the Board of Trustees in 1998. It was subsequently incorporated into Wright Way #2101. This policy was written primarily to conform with Public Health Service (PHS) and National Science Foundation (NSF) misconduct regulations at 42 CFR 50 Subpart A and 45 CFR Part 689, respectively. Every year, the university files a misconduct report with the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), which, besides reporting any instances of misconduct relating to PHS-funded research, also assures compliance with applicable PHS regulations. ORI is located within the Department of Health and Human Services.

New PHS Regulations

Effective June 16, 2005, the PHS (which is a unit of the Department of Health and Human Serviaces and includes the National Institutes of Health) substantially revised its regulations regarding research misconduct. These regulations are found at 42 CFR Part 93. PHS allowed a "reasonable" amount of time for universities to change their misconduct policy to be in conformance.

New ORI Guidance

To assist universities in revising their misconduct policy to be in conformance with the new PHS regulations, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), which is responsible for implementing the regulations in cases involving funding from any DHHS agency, issued a model policy in December 2006. In May 2007, ORI slightly revised this model and published it as a Model Policy for Responding to Allegations of Scientific Misconduct".

Draft Revised Policy

The most recent draft WSU policy, based on the ORI model and including AAUP and Faculty Senate requested changes, is found here. Note the policy is now called "Administrative Procedures for Allegations of Research Misconduct." Click here to view a set of Powerpoint slides that provide an "executive summary" of the new policy.


WSU is pleased to offer training in the responsible conduct of research for any interested faculty, staff, or student member, available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). At the log-in page, either click on "New Users - Register Here" or, if you're already registered, enter your username and password. The succeeding forms to be filled out are fairly self-explanatory. Where you are asked "What course do you plan to take?" select "Social & Behavioral AND Biomedical" even if you are only interested in the Responsible Conduct of Research module--this will show up as an option later.

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