Office of the Associate Vice President for Research Integrity:
The Office of the Associate Vice President for Research Integrity is responsible for providing oversight to the university's Institutional Review Board (IRB), the University's Conflict-of-Interest policy , evaluations of allegations of Research Misconduct , Research Education and Training, Resource for Genetic and Epidemiologic Research (RGE), and the Institutional Biosafety Committee.
Institutional Review Board:
The IRB's function is to review proposed research in order to insure that the subject's rights are protected and that risk of harm is minimized. The IRB approves procedures and consent forms for studies involving people. By enforcing compliance with institutional policy, federal, state and local laws, the IRB protects human subjects of research.
Conflict of Interest:
Conflicts of interest exist when an individual's personal financial interests could improperly influence execution of his/her University responsibilities. Conflicts are not inherently unacceptable, but must be identified and managed to prevent bias in the scientific process. The University recognizes that many potential conflicts of interest do not constitute actual conflicts or may be acceptable with proper oversight and safeguards by managing, reducing or eliminating the conflict, if necessary.
Misconduct in research is a matter of concern to the University, individual scientists, sponsors of research, and the general public. "Misconduct" or "Misconduct in Research" means fabrication, falsification, plagiarism in proposing, conducting, or reporting research. It does not include honest error or honest difference in interpretations or judgments of data. All allegations of research misconduct undergo inquiry, investigation and hearing phases as needed.
Several continuing education and training opportunities are offered to the University community which are provided to support, develop and maintain a standardized body of knowledge and best practice methodology for all research personnel. The Research Administration Training Series (RATS) provides a comprehensive curriculum for overall research administration and includes traditional classes and lectures, interactive workshops and educational resources designed to ensure compliance with governing regulations and to enhance the overall productivity of researchers. A Certificate of Achievement program is available in specialized Pre-Award, Post-Award and Clinical Research tracks of study.
Resource for Genetic and Epidemiologic Research (RGE)
The Resource for Genetic and Epidemiologic Research governs access to certain data and research resources provided to the University of Utah for use in biomedical research. RGE is the campus organization that ensures the university adheres to its agreement with the state of Utah and the Utah Population Database.
The purpose of the Biological Safety Program at the University of Utah is to prevent laboratory personnel, the surrounding community, and the environment from exposure to infectious materials. The Institutional Biosafety Committee oversees adherence to biosafety regulations involving research with microorganisms and toxins.