Ensuring Research Integrity and Compliance

Research Integrity

The George Washington University (GW) has a broad range of policies governing research activities in the research and finance sections of the university’s policies. It is the responsibility of everyone associated with research at GW to comply with federal, state, local laws, regulations and university policies in all aspects of any research conducted for or on behalf of the university.

General Compliance Considerations

In addition to all university policies related to research integrity, there are many government and general compliance standards that apply to conducting research at GW as referenced in GW’s Employee Compliance Guide. The guide addresses a number of specific laws, policies, rules and regulations, but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of legal and ethical standards.

The university maintains a compliance and ethics program to enable it to exercise due diligence in preventing and detecting improper and criminal conduct and to otherwise promote a culture that encourages ethical conduct and a commitment to compliance with the law.  Specific ethics or employee compliance questions should be directed to supervisors first and then to the Compliance and Privacy Office

Statement of Ethical Principles

GW has adopted a Statement of Ethical Principles that sets forth the university’s core values, and guides the actions of anyone acting on behalf of the university. 

Related Offices:

Office of Human Research
Office of Animal Research

Quest for Research Excellence Conference

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In August 2017 GW hosted the Quest for Research Excellence Conference. The three-day event, promoting responsible research and scientific integrity, was co-sponsored with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R). Attendees were welcomed by GW President Thomas LeBlanc and the keynote speaker was Sir Philip Campbell, editor-in-chief of Nature and Nature Research.

Read the GW Today article