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Responsible Conduct of Research

Research Ethics, Scholarly Integrity, and Responsible Conduct of Research

RCR | The Graduate School at NC StateThe mission of North Carolina State University is to serve its students and the people of North Carolina as a doctoral/research-extensive, land-grant university. Through the active integration of teaching, research, extension, and engagement, North Carolina State University creates an innovative learning environment that stresses mastery of fundamentals, intellectual discipline, creativity, problem solving, and responsibility.  Given its status as a Research I institution, research ethics, scholarly integrity, and responsible conduct of research are expectations associated with all research and scholarly endeavors undertaken by faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students. In addition, the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) seminars are a part of the Graduate School's Preparing Future Leaders initiative since developing sound research and scholarship practices are integral parts of good leadership within scientific and scholarly communities.  This website provides guidance, information, and resources regarding research ethics, scholarly integrity, and the responsible conduct of research for all who engage in scholarly and research activities at North Carolina State University.

Following are definitions that help to guide researchers and scholars in their quest for knowledge, discovery, and truth.

Research Ethics

Research Ethics is a broad umbrella covering the responsible conduct of research and all of its content.   Research ethics involves the application of moral rules and professional codes of conduct to the collection, analysis, reporting, and publication of information about research subjects, observations, results, and application.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) relates to the manner undertaken with all aspects of research.  The Office of Research Integrity identifies the following nine (9) areas of RCR that need to be taken into consideration when scientists are conducting research:

  • Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing, and Ownership
  • Conflict of Interest and Commitment
  • Human Subjects
  • Animal Welfare
  • Research Misconduct
  • Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship
  • Mentor / Trainee Responsibilities
  • Peer Review
  • Collaborative Science

Scholarly Integrity

Scholarly Integrity refers to the professional conduct, ethical decisions, and manner in which teaching, mentoring, research, scholarship, or artistic/creative activities are carried out in the course of a faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholar, or student’s work or studies at the university.

For more information about research ethics, scholarly integrity, and the responsible conduct of research, contact the following administrators at North Carolina State University:
Nisha Cavanaugh, Ph.D., Interim RCR Coordinator, The Graduate School,, Phone:  919.515.0326
Maureen Grasso, Ph.D., Dean of The Graduate School,, Phone: 919.515.2394
Jeffrey Cheek, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration,, Phone:  919.513.2148


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