Research Integrity

The New School is committed to the highest ideals, standards, and protections in the conduct of research carried out by its faculty, staff, and students. Research Integrity is one of two functional areas in the Office of Research Support (ORS). The following research integrity sections have been developed to ensure that the university and researchers comply with federal, state, and local regulations. In addition, these sections strive to foster a culture of research integrity that supports the progress of research, creative practice, and professional activity.

Responsible Conduct of Research

The New School is committed to nurturing a climate of honesty, accuracy, efficiency, and objectivity. The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) section brings together a widely accepted set of ethical and professional principles for conducting research at the university to help it and researchers meet all regulatory requirements.

ORS provides researchers with resources to ensure that they meet the appropriate RCR training requirements, as guided by applicable federal regulations. The New School is responsible for investigating and resolving allegations of research misconduct by its faculty, staff, and students, regardless of whether the activity is connected to funding.

Financial Conflict of Interest in Research

Financial conflict of interest (FCOI) in research or other sponsored activity may occur when outside financial interests compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, the professional judgment of an investigator designing, conducting, or reporting research. The objectivity of research is of paramount importance and the basis for obtaining and maintaining public trust.

ORS provides FCOI training and a disclosure process that are consistent with funding agency requirements. The FCOI in research disclosure for external sponsored research is separate from the general university policy on conflicts of interest for employees. The New School is responsible for reviewing disclosures, and if a conflict exists, establish a management plan to reduce or eliminate it.

Research with Humans

In accordance with its Federalwide Assurance (FWA), The New School has established a Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) to ensure that affiliated faculty, students, and staff conduct research with human subjects in accordance with applicable regulations, state or local laws, and institutional policies.

The HRPP offers administrative support and education services to New School investigators planning to conduct research projects involving humans. The New School is responsible for the prospective review and ongoing monitoring of regulated human subjects research whether or not the project has funding.

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Export Controls

Export control rules apply to: 1) physical export outside U.S. of controlled items, 2) disclosure/access to controlled info/data to foreign nationals inside the U.S. (“deemed export”), 3) training on controlled equipment or information to foreign nationals (in or outside U.S.), and 4) transactions with certain countries/individuals on the embargo list . The list of controlled items and information is in the U.S. Munitions List or Consolidated Screening List.

For controlled tech/data, most research at The New School is excluded from the export control laws via the “fundamental research” exclusion, which includes “basic and applied research in science and engineering, the results of which ordinarily are published and shared broadly within the scientific community.” ORS will make this determination.