Research Integrity at BMCC

For questions on CUNY research integrity policies at BMCC contact Professor Diane Simmons, BMCC Research Integrity Officer,, 212-220-8296.

CUNY's Research Misconduct Policy

Since 2007, BMCC has subscribed to CUNY’s Research Misconduct Policy which follows federal guidelines for research misconduct. The policy applies to all research conducted by University faculty and staff.

The aim of the policy is to foster responsible research conduct. This policy deals specifically with fabrication, falsification and plagiarism and is designed to address "significant departure from accepted practices” of the research community.

To read the policy — including procedures on handling allegations of misconduct--go to the CUNY research compliance website.

CUNY’S Responsible Conduct of Research Policy (RCR)

All CUNY faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate student involved in funded research or research involving human subjects are required to complete RCR online training modules. Undergraduates whose research is funded and/or conducted outside the classroom are also required to take training modules. The modules cover such areas as:

  • research misconduct
  • mentor/trainee responsibilities
  • peer review
  • publication practices and responsible authorship
  • data acquisition, management sharing and ownership
  • conflict of interest and/or commitment
  • protection of human subjects
  • animal welfare
  • biosafety
  • export controls.

For more information go to here.

Instructions for completing online training.

Those completing RCR training for projects using human subjects should send certificates of completion to BMCC Director of Research, Helene Bach,

For all others, certificates of completion of RCR training should be sent to Giselle Toby:

IRB- Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects

The CUNY Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is responsible for the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects in research projects.

Such research may require IRB approval. At BMCC, see Director of Research Helene Bach for questions concerning IRB requirements.

Conflict of Interest

Conflict of interest policies concern monetary gain (not including salary) derived from funded research. To see CUNY policies relating to conflict of interest, go here.
At BMCC, Director of Research Helene Bach is College Conflicts Officer.

Export control

Export control policies concern federal regulations having to do with sensitive information or materials conveyed to foreign countries. For a summary of how export control regulations affect research activities go here.