Compliance and Policies
The three research regulatory compliance committees are shared with the University of Nebraska Medical Center where the committees’ administrative offices are located. UNO faculty serve as campus representatives on these committees.
UNO Environmental Health and Safety is responsible for monitoring regulatory compliance and safety oversight of research programs that include biohazardous materials (e.g. human, animal or plant pathogens; human cell lines, blood or tissues), recombinant DNA/transgenic organisms, hazardous materials, and radioactive materials.
Research Integrity and Misconduct: The University of Nebraska at Omaha is committed to maintaining an academic environment based on intellectual honesty and integrity. UNO expects ethical conduct from all those engaged in research. UNO is in the process of updating its Research Integrity Policy, and is committed to preventing misconduct in research and supporting good faith efforts to intervene and remedy such conduct.
The Faculty Senate Professional Conduct Committee outlines policies and rules of procedure for its inquiry and investigation into allegations of misconduct directed at staff or faculty, and the University will rely on the Professional Conduct Committee’s recommendation, in its determination concerning any additional investigation or actions in response to allegations of research misconduct.
Misconduct in research means fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research. It does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data.
To report a concern or complaint about research compliance matters, please contact the Office of Research and Creative Activity at (402)-554-2286, or the Research Compliance Officer at (402)-554-2702.
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR): In response to a January 2010 federal certification requirement, the Office of Research and Creative Activity, with administrative support from the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research, oversees the delivery of appropriate training in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers who conduct research with the support of any National Science Foundation funding and certain types of National Institutes of Health funding. Further information on Responsible Conduct of Research:
Financial Conflict of Interest: The guiding principle of UNO’s Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) policy is that apparent or actual conflicts of interest should be identified and managed and/or eliminated as appropriate. In many cases, public identification of the COI constitutes management of the conflict. Certain federal agencies including NIH require current FCOI training and periodic disclosure at specific times during the proposal submission and award process.
Export Control: All institutions of higher education and their faculty, staff, and students must comply with export controls, which are designed to ensure that sensitive information, technology, software, biological and chemical agents, equipment, and know-how are not employed for purposes other than their intended use. In case of violations, criminal sanctions, including substantial fines and even prison terms, can be applied. Further information on Export Controls:
Uniform Guidance: The Uniform Guidance (UG) applies to all new federal awards issued on or after December 26, 2014. Modifications adding new funding to awards issued prior to that date may also include a clause updating the terms of the award to fall under UG.
On December 26, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its final rule of “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” (2 CFR Chapters I, II, Part 200, et al), and later provided interim updates. This guidance to federal agencies consolidates and replaces eight OMB Circulars such as the A-110 (Administrative requirements), A-21 (Cost principles), and A-133 (Audit requirements).
Further information on Uniform Guidance can be found here.
Intellectual Property: Intellectual Property (IP) includes inventions and other creative works and/or materials that may be protected under the patent, trademark, and/or copyright laws. The Board of Regents owns all inventions made by UNO employees while working under a grant or contract to UNO, or while using UNO resources. Further information on Intellectual Property:
Whistleblowing is defined as disclosing information that you reasonably believe is evident of gross mismanagement of a federal contract or grant, including gross waste of federal funds, abuse of authority relating to a federal contract or grant, danger to public health or safety, or a violation of law, rule, or regulation related to a federal contract or grant. UNO employees being paid from federally funded projects cannot be discharged, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against for whistleblowing. Further information can be found here.
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