LLU's Commitment to the Ethical Conduct of Research

Loma Linda University and its affiliates are committed to the ethical conduct of research.

All members of the LLU community and its affiliates who are actively engaged in research are expected to conduct their research with integrity and intellectual honesty at all times and with appropriate regard for human and animal subjects. To protect the rights of human subjects, all research involving human subjects is to be reviewed by the LLU Institutional Review Board. To protect the welfare of animal subjects, all research involving animal subjects is to be reviewed by the LLU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. 

Loma Linda University prohibits research misconduct. Members of the LLU community and its affiliates who are actively engaged in research are not to: fabricate data or results; change or knowingly omit data or results to misrepresent results in the research record; or intentionally misappropriate the ideas, writings, research, or findings of others.

All those engaged in research are expected to pursue the advancement of knowledge while meeting the highest standards of honesty, accuracy, and objectivity. They are also expected to demonstrate accountability for sponsors' funds and to comply with specific terms and conditions of contracts and grants.

Human Subjects Research: 

"In research involving human subjects, the University abides by the Loma Linda University Assurance of Compliance with the HHS Regulations for Protection of Human Research Subjects."

Animal Research: 

"The University provides assurance that all research involving animals is conducted in accordance with the NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and the Loma Linda University Assurance of Compliance with PHS Policy on Human Care and Use of Laboratory Animals by Awardee Institutions."

Accountability of Sponsor's Funds:

"The University assures compliance with federal cost principles and federally sponsored research as set forth in OMB circular No. A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions."

Section 3.4.4.a of the LLU Faculty Handbook

Research Misconduct:

"Loma Linda University’s statement of mission asserts that one of its fundamental purposes as an institution of higher learning is to provide (through faculty, staff, administration, and curricula) an environment for learning that emphasizes, among other attributes, personal integrity. The University’s commitment to research rests upon the faculty’s and students’ dedication to an uncompromising pursuit of truth. The pursuit of truth through research must be accomplished with integrity as any acts of research misconduct will blemish the reputation of the University and the credibility of its faculty. Integrity in research must ultimately depend on self-regulation by the individual investigators. The University has procedures whereby all members of the academic community can report acts of research misconduct, thus accepting joint responsibility for maintaining the reputation of the institution. Principal investigators on all sponsored projects shall be responsible for knowing and adhering to all sponsor and legal requirements including but not limited to those requiring financial accountability and time and effort reporting."

Section 3.4.11 of the LLU Faculty Handbook