Responsible Research

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is defined as the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research. 

UW-Whitewater faculty, staff, and students engaged in research shall receive formal instruction in ethical considerations and decision‐making in Responsible Conduct of Research that is appropriate for their disciplines and for the stages of their research careers. This policy is intended to comply with the requirements of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) implementation ofthe requirements of Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act (42 U.S.C.1862o–1) found in the NSF Award and Administration Guide, Chapter IV, and National Institutes of Health (NIH) requirements found in NOT‐OD‐10‐019*.

Please contact Laurie Taylor, Director, (, 262-472-5289) for additional information regarding best practices and institutional policy. 

*Adapted from Georgia Tech's Training in Responsible Conduct of Research Policy


Biosafety policies and practices ensure the safety and protection of workers, "products," and the environment exposed to biohazards. The biosafety resources to the right contain links to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater policies/procedures and Federal best practices.

Please contact Lance Fredrick, UWW Campus Safety Officer (, 262-472-5723), if you have questions or require additional information. 


Institutions of higher education must adhere to the highest ethical standards and must further develop a reputation as a community of scholar-educators and professionals who possess and practice excellence in the creation of new knowledge and its effective integration in teaching, research, learning and problem-solving.  The ethics resources to the right provide information on System and campus policies and procedures