VI. Research Policies and Procedures

VI.A. Policy on Responsible Conduct of Research
VI.B. Research Involving Human Subjects
VI.C. Non-Research Activities Involving Human Subjects
VI.D. Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules
VI.E. Use of Vertebrate Animals in Research or Teaching
VI.F. Use of Controlled Substances
VI.G. Patent and Inventions Policy
VI.H. Safety and Environmental Health

VI.A. Policy on Responsible Conduct of Research

http://research.binghamton.edu/compliance/Policies/ResponsibilityConduct.pdf

VI.B. Research Involving Human Subjects

http://research.binghamton.edu/Compliance/humansubjects/

The University is responsible for safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in any research activity sponsored by or conducted at Binghamton University. This includes human subjects research by faculty, staff and students (graduates and undergraduates), whether funded or not. To provide for adequate discharge of this responsibility, the Human Subjects Research Review Committee, acting on behalf of the institution, must review and approve all applications for projects proposing to involve human subjects before the research can begin.

The University's policies and procedures regarding the use of human subjects in research are constantly being modified to ensure that the latest federal guidelines are implemented. Major changes will be announced through the Division of Research website, the researchers listserv, and Dateline.

VI.C. Non-Research Activities Involving Human Subjects

Students conducting classroom assignments which will be gathering information about people through interventions or interactions with those individuals and/or classroom assignments which will be gathering private identifiable information about people may require HSRRC review and approval. Please contact the Human Subjects Office in the Division of Research, which will make a determination whether the activity is human subjects research as defined by federal regulations or request additional information in order to make this determination. You will receive a Notice of Determination of Human Subject Research via email.

It is the faculty member's responsibility to ensure that any activity that is “research” involving “human subjects," as defined by University policy and procedures, is submitted to the HSRRC for review and that approval is received before the project starts. Federal regulations can be confusing, and rather than risk conducting research without HSRRC approval and being out-of-compliance, it is strongly suggested that you contact the Human Subjects Office in the Division of Research for assistance in determining if your activity involves human subjects research.

VI.D. Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules

http://research.binghamton.edu/compliance/Biosafety.php

In accordance with federal regulations, Binghamton University is responsible for overseeing research involving the use of recombinant DNA molecules in order to ensure compliance. The Institutional Biosafety Committee, acting on behalf of the University, implements these regulations. The committee is responsible for reviewing and approving all applications for projects involving recombinant DNA technology in order to guarantee the highest levels of scientific integrity and community safety. The campus regulations apply to all faculty, staff, students, and users of University facilities. A copy of "Campus Guidelines for Recombinant DNA Research" may be obtained from the Division of Research.

All genetic research must be reviewed by the full Human Subjects Research Review Committee. This requirement ensures compliance with all federal, state and local regulations pertaining to the ethical conduct of research involving human genetic information.

VI.E. Use of Vertebrate Animals in Research or Teaching

Please contact Laboratory Animal Resources at 607-777-6199 for more information.

In accordance with federal and state regulations, all research or instructional use of live vertebrate animals, regardless of source of funding or location of animals (laboratory or field), conducted by University faculty, staff, and students, must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). An "Application for Use of Vertebrate Animals in Research or Teaching (Animal Use Protocol) " may be obtained from the above website. Applications must be signed by the faculty member responsible. The completed form is to be forwarded to the IACUC administrator, 607-777-3836, for IACUC review. Approval must be obtained before initiation of the activity.

VI.F. Use of Controlled Substances

State and federal law, as well as University policies, mandate that any requisition for, possession of, or use on the campus of controlled substances (narcotic and non-narcotic drugs) must conform to specific regulations. Information concerning these policies and procedures, as well as copies of the regulations, are available from the controlled substances officer, 607-777-4905, in the Division of Research.

VI.G. Patent and Inventions Policy

SUNY Patents and Inventions Policy: http://research.binghamton.edu/Innovation/pdf/SUNY%20Patents%20and%20Inventions%20Policy.pdf

Copyright Policy: http://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_id=88

Computer Software Policy: http://www.suny.edu/sunypp/documents.cfm?doc_id=408

Acceptance of the SUNY Patents and Inventions Policy and other relevant policies is a condition of employment for state and Research Foundation of the State University of New York employees.

All potentially patentable inventions made by faculty members, employees, students, and others using University facilities at any of the state-operated institutions of the State University belong to the State University. In the case of sponsored research, the Research Foundation of the State University of New York reserves ownership of all inventions using SUNY facilities. In some instances, federal laws and regulations may apply instead. A discovery made by an individual wholly on personal time and without the use of University facilities belongs to the individual, even though it falls within the field of competence relating to the individual's University position.

Generally, University staff members retain all rights to copyright the published written works they produce. However, in cases where persons are employed or directed specifically to produce written works subject to copyright, the University has the right to publish such work without copyright, or to copyright it in its own name. In the case of sponsored programs, the sponsor may have copyright title or joint title to materials developed.

Rights to computer programs and software developed by faculty and staff shall follow the University's Computer Software Policy.

Relevant policies, procedures and forms for disclosure of patentable inventions are available at the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships (http://research.binghamton.edu/Innovation/). Questions concerning issues related to intellectual property should be directed to that office.

VI.H. Safety and Environmental Health

See the Management Procedures and the Safety and Environmental Health section of this Handbook.

Last Updated: 7/23/14