Research Compliance Services



Date of this Version

June 2005




This policy and the associated procedures apply to all individuals at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln engaged in research as defined in Section II of this document, including any research that is supported by the federal government or for which federal support is requested. The Public Health Service (PHS) regulation at 42 C.F.R. Part 50, Subpart A applies to any research, research-training or research-related grant or cooperative agreement with PHS.* This policy applies to any person paid by, under the control of, or affiliated with the institution, such as scientists, trainees, technicians and other staff members, students working as laboratory or research assistants, fellows, guest researchers, or collaborators at UNL.

This policy and associated procedures applies to all allegations of research misconduct and will normally be followed when an allegation of possible research misconduct is received by any institutional official or committee. Particular circumstances in an individual case may dictate variation from the normal procedure deemed in the best interests of the institution and federal agency. Any change from normal procedures also must ensure fair treatment to the subject of the inquiry or investigation. Any significant variation should be approved in advance by the Vice Chancellor for Research of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Research practica are an exception to this policy. Research practica (usually in the form of course-related research projects and/or directed studies) are designed to provide students an opportunity to practice various research methods such as interview, observation and survey techniques, laboratory and field procedures, measurement of behavior (e.g., reaction time, speech, problem solving) as well as data analysis. Research practica also allow for skills development exercises such as literature reviews and online searches. Typically such projects are quite limited in scope, do not lead to generalizable knowledge and are not undertaken with that goal in mind. For example, a student may interview a peer when the interview does not involve any sensitive, personal information or do literature reviews for a course-related research paper. These projects are considered "classroom exercises" and do not fall under the scope of this research misconduct policy. However, thesis and dissertation research done by graduate students for terminal degrees would fall under the purview of this policy.