University of Southern California


Ethics & Compliance

Sponsored Research Ethics and Compliance

At the University of Southern California, ethical behavior is predicated on two main pillars: A commitment to discharging our obligations to others in a fair and honest manner, and a commitment to respecting the rights and dignity of all persons. Ethical responsibilities of members of the the university community are detailed in the USC Code of Ethics.

Further information to assist researchers in addressing compliance issues can be obtained from the USC Office of Compliance and its staffed telephone system, Compliance Hotline.

Mandatory Training for Funded Investigators

All investigators funded by an externally sponsored project must complete grants management training, as explained here.

All investigators funded by the Department of Health and Human Services must complete conflict of interest training.

Additional training may be required depending on the type of research being conducted. Please consult the training finder for more information.

Transferring Awards to or from USC

When a faculty member joins, or leaves, USC, the university may need to engage in a process by which a research award is transferred between institutions, following the stipulations of the research sponsor.   Prior to extending an offer to a new investigator, the school should first assess the potential and challenges for transfer.  After job acceptance, the school should then carefully execute a coordinated set of steps to execute any transfer.  When an investigator leaves USC, these two steps are followed in reverse.  Be sure to follow the guidelines below for any transfer, utilizing the spreadsheets to guide the process.  Each spreadsheet has two tabs, representing step 1 and step 2 of the transfer process.

Outbound Process Steps
Outbound Award Transfer Worksheets

Inbound Process Steps
Inbound Award Transfer Worksheets

Research Ethics and Responsibility

Research ethics and responsibility are addressed through a number of compliance policies, including:

Research Calendar

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