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The conduct of research is fundamental to the University of Minnesota’s mission. Together, we pursue research to solve the world’s most vexing problems and advance the health and well-being of individuals and communities.
Across the University, we are carrying out a plan to strengthen our human research protections and cultivate a culture of research ethics. These Core Commitments represent our shared responsibility to protect research participants, uphold the highest ethical standards and improve our practice at every step.
The University of Minnesota community strives to meet the highest ethical standards in the planning and conduct of research.
The University holds each individual involved in research with human participants accountable for adherence to these standards. Essential to the research enterprise is preserving the trust of research participants. Each researcher has a duty to maintain that trust and to protect participant well-being. Individuals who make the gift of consenting to volunteer as research participants trust us to protect them from harm and to respect their freely given, informed consent to participate in research. Research participants retain the right to decline to continue participation in a research study for any reason, including as new data, side effects, or unexpected circumstances occur during the course of the study. We bear special responsibilities toward those persons whose capacity to consent to research is impaired or fluctuates during participation in a study.
All involved in conducting research must ensure that research is conducted ethically and in compliance with University policies and procedures.
Any action that violates the trust of potential or enrolled research participants harms the entire research enterprise.
University leaders and all involved in research with human participants have the responsibility to:
Developed by the Advancing Human Research Protections Implementation Work Team on Cultivating a Culture of Ethics in consultation with faculty, staff and University leadership (June 2016).
The communicators toolkit provides access to digital and print assets for use by units and departments participating in the Research Ethics effort.
Report law and policy violations confidentially through U Report.