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Responsible Conduct of Research & Scholarly Activity

This research guide provides access to a host of resources on the responsible conduct of research and scholarly activity.

UNH's RCR Program

As a land-grant institution, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) is accountable to New Hampshire residents and to the university community to ensure the ethical and safe conduct of research and scholarly activity. As an institution of higher education that prides itself on extensive research endeavors and the involvement of undergraduates and graduate students in research projects, UNH has an obligation to teach and actively promote integrity in research and scholarship.

To fulfill its obligations, UNH has embarked on a program on the responsible conduct of research and scholarly activity (RCR) to:

  • Raise the consciousness of faculty, staff, and students regarding the ethical and responsible conduct of research and scholarly activity,
  • Establish a knowledge base that defines normative and/or professional behavior to assist faculty, staff, and students in making ethical and responsible decisions in the conduct of research and scholarly activity, and
  • Foster an institutional culture of integrity in research and scholarly activity encompassing all stages of individuals' careers.

In February 2019, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarly Activity (RCR) Committee endorsed the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) 2017 Code of Conduct (Section III, pages 5-10).  

In endorsing the AGU Code of Conduct, the UNH RCR Committee is setting forth expectations for behavior that fosters and supports a safe, inclusive, and professional environment for faculty, staff, and students at UNH to pursue and conduct scholarly and research activities. [Where an AGU policy is cited in Section III that differs from UNH’s (such as the definition of scientific misconduct), UNH’s prevails, and where an AGU policy differs from that of an individual’s professional society if other than AGU, the latter prevails for that person.] (For reference, click here for UNH's policy on Misconduct in Scholarly Activity, and here for UNH's policy on Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment.)

The RCR Committee decided to endorse the Code of Conduct in lieu of developing institution-specific standards to promote a culture of research integrity at UNH.  This was due to the general nature of the AGU Principles and Behaviors, and their broad applicability to a wide-range of disciplines and professions.  Further, many faculty and students at UNH are AGU members and thus are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct. Endorsement of the AGU’s Code of Conduct is an important component of UNH's RCR program goals (see below).

Review the latest infographic below for more information about UNH's RCR program.

The following are the components of UNH's RCR program, in addition to this UNH RCR Library Guide:

UNH Faculty, Staff and Students Involved in UNH's RCR Program

The following current or former UNH faculty, staff, and students are/have been involved in UNH's RCR program as instructors or facilitators:

Chris Bauer
Jessica Bolker
Will Clyde
Patricia Condon
Andrew Coppens
Summer Cook
Todd DeMitchell
Kurk Dorsey
Maria Emanuel
Tim Fukawa-Connelly
Kevin Gardner
Meg Greenslade​
Robert Henry
Ian Honsberger
​Ju-Chin Huang
Yannis Korkolis
​Alberto Manalo​
Alecia Magnifico
​Jill McGaughy
Ricardo Medina
Dawn Meredith
Cari Moorhead
David Pillemer 
Thomas Pistole
Jimmy Raeder
Rebecca Rowe
Nathan Schwadron
​Julie Simpson
​Timm Triplett
​Krisztina Varga
​Chris White
Jim Wible