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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.

Conflicts of Interest and Commitment

Any situation or action creating suspicion that the design, conduct, and/or reporting of research activities are biased erodes trust at all levels and is damaging to scientific research.  In the university setting, individuals often face competing obligations and conflicting interests, such as competing professional obligations, such as time spent teaching versus time spent conducting research, or conflicting personal interests and professional obligations, such as the pressure to publish versus the obligation to report research data honestly and accurately.  Where competing obligations exist, it is important that one obligation does not blind an individual to the other(s).  Via the resources provided here, learn more about the ethical issues that researchers face when faced with conflicts of interest or commitment, and how to address them in your own research or scholarship.