CUNY researchers are required to comply with the CUNY Policy on Acceptable Use of Computer Resources, including without limitation section 12, regarding protection of confidential research information.

CUNY discourages voluntary cost sharing, i.e. the voluntary contribution to sponsored project or program costs. Therefore, cost sharing is only permitted when it is required by a sponsor, or when a prior exception has been granted by the Vice Chancellor for Research. Details regarding this policy are outlined in the memo from Vice Chancellor for Research.

Many researchers are exploring the option of crowdfunding as a source of extramural support for research. The University is in the process of developing policy and guidance related to the use of crowdfunding for research. In the interim, it is important for researchers to note that, when seeking crowdfunding, researchers are required to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to policies on intellectual property, conflict of interest and human subject protection. Researchers interested in seeking crowdfunding to support their research activities must contact the research compliance staff in the Office of Research for more information or guidance.

When on a CUNY campus, or conducting research on behalf of CUNY, non-CUNY personnel are obligated to comply with CUNY policies, including policies on non-discrimination, accommodation of individuals with disabilities and sexual misconduct.

Researchers who hire personnel to assist with or to conduct research should consult with the Director of Human Resources at their campus and/or the CUNY Research Foundation, whichever is applicable. Researchers must comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations and CUNY policies in hiring and managing personnel. Additional information is available at the CUNY human resources web site.

The CUNY Intellectual Property Policy defines the ownership, distribution and commercialization rights associated with the products of research, authorship and invention by the University community; and defines policies and procedures for managing such products.

The CUNY IP Policy applies to CUNY full-time and part-time faculty, staff, and graduate students engaged in faculty-directed research, as well as individuals compensated by grant funds made available to CUNY by or through the CUNY Research Foundation, who create intellectual property (1) while making Substantial Use of CUNY resources, (2) as a direct result of CUNY duties, (3) pursuant to the terms of an agreement to which CUNY is a party, or (4) in the course of or related to activities on grants or contracts administered by the Research Foundation on behalf of CUNY.

a. Best Practices

CUNY’s Office of Environmental, Health, Safety and Risk Management publishes a Laboratory Safety Manual, which addresses compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and provides best management practices.

b. Research Laboratory Safety and Compliance Training

Research laboratory safety and environmental compliance training is required by various Federal, State, and City rules and regulations. This training is offered by the college Environmental Health and Safety Officers and intended to promote safety and minimize risks in the laboratories. Depending on the type of research, individuals may need to attend or complete more than one training module. Training requirements can be met through a combination of classroom and online training sessions. Researchers are asked to contact their college’s EHS Officer with specific questions. Specific training descriptions are provided below.

i. Laboratory Safety

This training is required for all Principal Investigators, postdoctoral researchers, laboratory technicians, visiting scientists, college staff, graduate students, and undergraduates working in research laboratories. It includes campus and site-specific information on laboratory and fire safety, hazardous materials and waste management, and biosafety, among other topics. Attendance is required upon the initial assignment to a laboratory. Periodic refresher training is also required and may be obtained either through a class, online module, or a combination of both.

ii. Radiation Safety

This training is required for researchers and anyone who wishes to work with radioisotopes, irradiators, sealed sources, or radiotracers. The training offered at the CUNY colleges must cover regulatory compliance, the disposal of radioactive waste, and emergency response procedures among other topics.

iii. Hazardous Materials Shipping

This training requirement applies to individuals who ship regulated hazardous material, including dry ice. The training covers the applicable US Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and International Air Transport Association (IATA) requirements, as well as the potential hazards, packaging requirements, and required documentation. It also explains how to properly prepare and label sample shipments (including packages with dry ice) in accordance with the regulations.

CUNY’s Multiple Position Policy precludes faculty members from earning compensation above their annual salary for work performed at CUNY, including grant funded research, except in limited circumstances. Faculty members who believe they are entitled to direct compensation from grant funds must receive approval from the Chair of their Department and from the Provost’s Office at their campus.

CUNY is committed to the free exchange of knowledge through education and research publications that contribute to the public interest. The University believes that it can best fulfill these commitments within an open intellectual environment that allows for the free exchange of information. CUNY’s policy on openness in research, addresses issues related to the University’s involvement in classified research and its policy on accepting publication restrictions.