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Research Compliance

Montclair State University is committed to preserving the public trust and upholding the integrity of the design, conduct and reporting of its research. The Montclair State University Research Compliance and Integrity staff is committed to training opportunities, policy development and outreach. The objective of the Research Integrity and Compliance Program is to maintain the highest level of research integrity and serve the compliance needs of our research and healthcare community.

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The University Research Integrity Officer and Acting Vice Provost for Research is Dr. Stefanie Brachfeld. The institutional official is Dr. Junius Gonzales.

Data Transfer and Use Agreements

A Data Transfer and Usage Agreement (DTUA) is a legally binding document that arranges the terms for the transfer between organizations of nonpublic data to be used for research.
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Financial Conflicts of Interest

Montclair State University is committed to preserving the public trust, and upholding the integrity of its faculty, staff, students and affiliates in the design, conduct and reporting of research. This policy promotes objectivity in research by establishing standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct and reporting of research performed under federal grants or cooperative agreements will be free from bias resulting from investigator Financial Conflict of Interest.
View Montclair State University’s Financial Conflicts of Interest policy, related forms and training

Global Compliance and Export Controls

The Vice Provost for Research and the Office of Research Compliance is responsible for implementing and managing export controls and research activities. Export Controls involves US laws that regulate the distribution to or sharing of information with foreign individuals, entities, and/or countries of strategically important technology, services and materials for reasons of national security.
View more about Global Compliance and Export Controls

HIPAA and Healthcare Compliance – Healthcare Integrity Program

The healthcare integrity program is focused on nurturing an environment in which compliance with rules, regulations and sound business practices are followed, and ensuring that credentialing, compliance and quality improvement processes are in place.
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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) – Animal Care and Research Program

The primary function of the IACUC is to assist our faculty, students and staff in upholding the University’s determination to assure the finest care and most humane utilization of our laboratory animals and wildlife research animals.
View the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee website

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The Montclair State University Institutional Biosafety Committee was established as a resource for information, guidelines, policies and procedures that will enable and encourage those working in the laboratory environment to work safely and reduce or eliminate the potential for exposure to biological hazards.
View the Institutional Biosafety Committee website

Institutional Review Board (IRB) – Human Subjects Protection Program

The IRB is charged to review, approve initiation of, and conduct periodic reviews of research projects that involve human participants.
View the Institutional Review Board website

Research Compliance Education

Education and workshops are designed so the participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the federal, state and Montclair State University regulations regarding animal or human subjects research
  • Identify research misconduct and the proper steps to manage misconduct
  • Discuss and identify conflict of interest in research projects
  • Discuss key issues in responsible authorship and collaborative research

View Research Compliance training and workshops

Research Misconduct

Montclair State University recognizes the key role research plays in fostering intellectual vitality. To maintain high standards of professional conduct, promote research integrity and to comply with federal regulations governing the receipt of federal funding for research, Montclair State University has established guidelines and procedures that will govern the institutional response to allegations of misconduct in research raised against scholars.
View the Montclair State University guidelines and procedures regarding allegations of misconduct in research