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Research Ethics and Compliance

Research Ethics and Compliance

Ethics photoAt the University of Dayton, we are committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.  The Office for Research is a resource to assist researchers in demonstrating our shared responsibility of ethical conduct and legal compliance to our colleagues, partners, students and the University.

Read more about the University of Dayton Research policies that articulate the University’s commitment to these high standards.

Accounting Guidelines for Unallowable Costs

The University of Dayton has established these guidelines for defining and identifying
costs that are unallowable for reimbursement from the Federal Government and other
sponsors. The University of Dayton adheres to Cost Accounting Standard 505,
Accounting for Unallowable Costs and other applicable government regulations
including the Federal Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance (OMB
Uniform Guidance) as well as sponsor terms and conditions in accounting for
unallowable costs.

Business Ethics & Integrity Code for Sponsored Research

This Business Ethics and Integrity Code provides a brief summary of the essential standards of business ethics and conduct that UD employees and consultants must follow as required by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 52.203-13 Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct (Jun 2020).

Conflict of Interest and Commitment

Each employee is expected to maintain a professional loyalty to the University and to arrange outside obligations and financial interests such that they do not interfere with the basic principles of research integrity, academic freedom, business development ethics, and public interest. A conflict of interest occurs when an employee compromises, or appears to compromise, the conduct of a project due to an outside relationship that directly or indirectly affects the financial interests of the employee or the employee’s family. UDRI employees and UD faculty and graduate students involved with sponsored research must disclose all significant financial interests or potential conflict of interest or commitment (including those of their family of which they are aware) that would reasonably appear to be directly and significantly affected by the research or educational activities funded or proposed for funding.

Export Control Compliance Manual

This Export Control Compliance Manual (ECCM) is intended to describe the University of Dayton’s Export Control Compliance Program, i.e., how the University of Dayton complies with Export Administration Regulations and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), as well as other relevant federal oversight, as required. This Manual applies to all University employees who intend to export United States commodities, technology, or technical data to a foreign country. This Manual also applies to any employee who intends to share technology or technical data with a foreign person, whether it occurs inside the United States or abroad.  

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The IACUC is responsible for assessment and oversight of the institution’s animal and veterinary care, animal care and use policies and procedures, personnel and program management and oversight, occupational health and safety, and animal facility design and management. 

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a standing committee at the University of Dayton established in compliance with federal policy for the protection of human subjects in research.  

NSF Notification Guidance - Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment 

Notify any findings of sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault against an NSF-funded Principal Investigator (PI) or co-Principal Investigator (co-PI).


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

All members of the University of Dayton community who engage in scholarly activities are expected to conduct such activities in accordance with the highest ethical standards. Additionally some individuals, due to federal regulations and University policies and guidelines, are required to participate in specific training with regard to the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Those individuals include (1) All undergraduate and graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows funded in whole or in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF); (2) All graduate student assistants (GAs) with GA contracts sponsored in whole or in part by external sources (e.g., research contracts, federal grants, etc.); (3) Graduate Student Summer Fellowship (GSSF) awardees; (4) Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) awardees; and (5) All Biology graduate students (only specific portions in conjunction with BIO-554). 


Reporting a Concern

Ethical or compliance concerns related to research should be reported as soon as possible by contacting your immediate supervisor, the next level of supervision, or file a report using one of the following methods.

To report within UDRI:

Call: UDRI Hotline at 937-229-4848; this method does not guarantee anonymity. 

Email:; this method does not guarantee anonymity.

Write: Research Ethics; you may include contact information or remain anonymous. 300 College Park Dayton OH 45469-7758

To report through the University of Dayton’s “Privately Speaking Line”:

Call: 855-550-0654; you may include your contact information or remain anonymous.

Visit: UD Privately Speaking Line; you may include your contact information or remain anonymous.

To report through the Department of Defense:

Call: DOD Hotline toll-free at 800-424-9098; you may include your contact information or remain anonymous.

Visit: DoD Hotline; this method is anonymous.


Office for Research

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1700 Patterson Blvd
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 7758