Do these questions sound familiar?
Does the UW-Madison have a Code of Ethics?
How do the state and federal regulations concerning financial disclosure
apply to me?
NIH requires graduate students on training grants to receive training on
research integrity. Where do I begin?
Students are thinking about scientific integrity. How can I include material
on scientific integrity in my class?
Does the UW-Madison have a Code of Ethics?
In 1986, the UW System Board of Regents approved the Unclassified Staff
Code of Ethics.
In 1991 the UW-Madison Faculty, Senate, and Academic Staff Assembly approved
for Dealing with Misconduct in Scholarly Research.
What Are the Wisconsin Reporting Requirements?
According to state regulations, faculty and staff members must report annually:
The state reporting form is the UW System Faculty and Academic Staff Report
on Outside Activities and Interests Form. It is due by April 30 of each
year and must be filed with a department chair or other appropriate administrator.
any ownership interest of 10 percent or more in an organization that is
related to their fields of academic interest or specialization,
paid or compensated relationships with non-governmental sponsors of university
research for which they serve as principal investigator, and
paid or compensated outside activities related to their fields of academic
interest or specialization.
What Are the Federal Reporting Requirements?
Principal investigators who wish to receive federal research support must
annually report any significant financial interest that:
A significant financial interest is:
would reasonably appear to be affected by the investigator’s federally-funded
is in an entity that would reasonably appear to be affected by that research.
The federal reporting form is the UW-Madison Annual Investigator’s Financial
Disclosure Form for Federal Projects. It is due by April 30 of each year
and must be filed with the department chair or other appropriate administrator.
any compensation for services to the investigator, or the investigator’s
immediate family, which exceeds $10,000 in a one-year period; or
an equity interest greater than $10,000 or 5 percent ownership in any single
Federal research funds cannot be expended by a principal investigator
who has a conflict of interest under the federal rules until a satisfactory
compliance plan is in place to manage, reduce, or eliminate the conflict.
The UW-Madison Conflict of Interest Committee will assist the principal
investigator to comply with federal requirements.
How Do I Comply with These Regulations?
Faculty and staff should file the state form annually by April 30. Principal
investigators who wish to receive federal research support must file the
federal reporting form annually by April 30. Equally important are the
ongoing reporting requirements of both the state and federal conflict-of-interest
regulations. Disclosure forms must be updated throughout the year if financial
circumstances change so as to create an actual or apparent conflict of
For additional information consult Outside Activities Reporting.
Why does the UW-Madison have a Committee on Graduate Research Ethics?
Research ethics are fundamental to all academic investigation and training.
Traditionally students learned about professional and research ethics in
their classes and from discussions with their advisors. To augment the
efforts of advisors and teachers and to foster a greater understanding
of research ethics among all scientists at UW-Madison, the committee on
Graduate Training in Research Ethics was organized.
Increased interest in training graduate students about research ethics
can also be traced to the NIH mandate that all NIH trainees receive training
in research ethics.
NIH does not mandate a curriculum in ethics but suggests that topics
in the study of research ethics might include authorship, conflict of interest,
data management, use of human and animal subjects, safety, definitions
of misconduct, and policies for handling misconduct.
What is the Committee on Graduate Training in Research Ethics doing?
The Committee, with the help of VCRGE, seeks to increase awareness
among faculty by:
To obtain case histories and references on research ethics, or to make
suggestions for speakers, call the chairs of the Committee.
Compiling resources on research ethics including dozens of case studies
individualized to real situations in biology, chemistry, medicine, and
epidemiology. Committee members can help you further individualize these
cases to meet the interests of special groups.
Sponsoring attendance of two-three faculty each year at sessions on teaching
research ethics at the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American
Institutions at Indiana University.
Organizing workshops and campus-wide seminars by nationally prominent speakers
on research ethics.
Do other groups on campus provide services related to research ethics?
The following organizations provide brochures, consultations, and seminars
on topics related to research ethics: The Safety Department, RARC, Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP), and college
committees on the use of human subjects. The General Clinical Research
Center (GCRC) offers workshops on clinical trials.
GENERAL RESEARCH ETHICS
Research and Sponsored Programs 262-3822
Conflict of Interest Committee 262-1224
Program in Medical Ethics 263-3414
Research Animals Resource Center 265-2697
HUMAN SUBJECT USE
Human Research Protections Program
Institutional Review Boards
General Safety 262-8769
Biological Safety 263-9013
Chemical Safety 262-8769
Occupational Health 262-2177
Radiation Safety 262-9178
Research and Sponsored Programs 262-0370
COMMITTEE ON GRADUATE TRAINING IN RESEARCH ETHICS
Paul Treichel (Chair) 262-8828
Research and Sponsored Programs Homepage