Conducting research responsibly is an important goal for all scholars, and UWM is committed to helping researchers comply with federal, state and University research regulations. At UWM, the Research Policy Committee is the central body for coordinating research policy development and implementation. The Committee advises the Chancellor and Provost on matters of research policy, reviews research programs and activities to determine whether they are consistent with the mission and research goals of the University, and recommends and reviews overall University policy governing all mandated review boards (e.g., Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects, Institutional Safety and Hazards Committee, etc.).
The University is bound ethically and legally to respond to allegations of research misconduct in a fair, objective, and timely manner. The faculty Research Misconduct Policy provides guidance for reporting, hearing, and review of these situations. The academic staff Research Misconduct Policy for academic staff provides similar information.
Faculty and academic staff are required by federal, state, and UWM policies to submit an annual Outside Activities Disclosure statement to University regarding financial interests. For more detailed information, refer to the Conflict of Interest Policy for Researchers and Scholars.
There are also special Conflict of Interest requirements for programs funded by the U.S. Public Health, the American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, and certain other non-profit sponsors.
The HRPP is the home of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the protection of human subjects. The mission of the IRB is to ensure the adequacy of the research plan, to minimize risks and to maximize the potential for benefit from human subjects' participation in research. Research involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board IRB prior to conducting any research with human subjects. Training is required before a project is submitted to the IRB for review.
Anyone intending to work with vertebrate animals must comply with the requirements of the Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC). Training and protocol approval are required before initiating projects involving animals.
University Safety and Assurances' Biosafety Program assists faculty, students, and staff in observing safe practices in biological sciences research as prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH). The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is responsible for the regulation of biohazardous materials on the UWM campus. Registration with the IBC is required for all instructional, research, and outreach projects involving potentially pathogenic microorganisms, etiologic agents of RG2 or higher, infectious agents, oncogenic viruses, human tissue and blood-borne pathogens, and in-vitro construction or propagation of recombinant DNA molecules.
The Environmental Affairs Program staff works to ensure proper handling and safe disposal of any hazardous materials that are generated on the UWM campus.
University Safety and Assurances' Radiation Safety Program works with faculty and staff to ensure that all uses of ionizing radiation are in compliance with existing NRC and DHFS requirements. The Radiation Safety Program manages the safe use of radioactive material on campus via training, laboratory audits, laboratory surveys, radionuclide control and inventory, personal dosimetry, and waste disposal.
The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH-funded research. It requires scientists to submit journal articles that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication to help advance science and improve human health.