Research Compliance Topics in the News

A message from EVPR G. Michael Purdy

It is always wonderful when we see the results of our important research in the media and on the daily news. It brings much deserved attention to the importance of our work and awareness of the positive impacts it has on health and security of humankind.

So, when a news story focuses upon failures to meet regulatory requirements or ethical standards it is disappointing and painful and damaging to the credibility of our research enterprise and our university.

The Office of the Executive Vice President for research is dedicated to the support of Columbia researchers in the fulfillment of research compliance regulations and policies. As government oversight increases and the regulatory burden grows, we rededicate ourselves to help researchers avoid potential problems and reduce risk. It is to emphasize the seriousness of this task that we have added this section to our web page.

On the following pages you will see a collection of news stories about significant research violations. The function here is not a ‘scare’ tactic, but simply an attempt to increase awareness of the gravity of many of the decisions that researchers have to make on a daily basis.

I hope you find this helpful and informative.

Conflicts of Interest

Research Misconduct

Export Control

Data Management and Security

Funding Issues

Laboratory Safety


Information on CU trainings related to many of these topics is available here.