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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.

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

To promote objectivity in research and other sponsored activities, 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.

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).

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.

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

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.

UD Privately Speaking Line

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.

DoD Hotline


The University of Dayton, including the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), established in 1956, has a proud history of conducting business with high standards of ethics and integrity. As a government contractor, the University considers compliance with applicable laws and regulations to be essential for performing business. We strive to propose and perform sponsored research that both satisfies sponsor requirements, by providing innovative solutions through quality research and advanced technology, and contributes to the fulfillment of the University's education, research, and public service commitments through the involvement of students, faculty, and external partners.

The University of Dayton Research Policies articulate the University’s commitment to these high standards.

Agreements, Forms & Procedures

Available forms and agreements are available in the sections below.


Office for Research

Daniel J. Curran Place
1700 Patterson Blvd
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 7758