Research Integrity, Compliance, & Ethics


The mission of the Research Integrity, Compliance, and Ethics (RICE) unit is to promote integrity in research; compliance with relevant laws and policies; and adherence to the highest ethical standards in research conducted by all investigators affiliated to SPH. RICE strives to improve knowledge and practice on Research integrity, compliance, and ethics within SPH through information, training workshops, seminars and other ways. RICE continues to work on new and innovative tools and strategies for compliance in ongoing research.

This page will highlight key policies and guidances all PIs, research staff, and adminstrators should be aware of; Student Ethics activities; and other activities that the RICE unit is responsible for.


        - Pre-Award
        - Post-Award
        - Past Webinars

Policies & Guidance


The following categories include relevant GW University policies that impact research. Policies are categorized by when a researcher may need to reference a policy during the sponsored projects lifecycle. Certain policies may be duplicated as they pertain to multiple phases of the lifecycle.


The pre-award phase of the sponsored projects lifecycle includes proposal development and submission followed by award negotiation and acceptance.


The post award phase of the sponsored projects lifecycle includes award set-up, award administration and management, and award closeout. Issues of research integrity generally occur during post-award administration and a separate section is included to address the relevant policies.

Award Set-Up

Administrative Establishment - allows temporary set up of an award before final execution of award documents

Award Administration & Management

Award Closeout

Cost Transfers on Sponsored Projects

Liquidating Funds - disencumbering purchase orders

Research Integrity

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The following policies are internal to the Milken Institute School of Public Health and may be more specific than the University counterpart.

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RICE Initiatives


All student projects outside of activities limited to the classroom need to be entered into the portal. This includes CE projects, practicum, field lab placements, independent studies and other projects for school credit. The oversight process allows the Dean's Office of Research Excellence (ORE) to support students' educational journey while ensuring compliance with GWU policies. It also helps us keep track of the great work our students are doing. The portal is managed by the ORE.

In order to ensure compliance with federal regulations and GWU policies concerning human research protections, you may not begin your project until you have received a determination by email from ORE that you are approved to do so.


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The Bioethics Interest Group is tasked with bringing together individuals who can further promote discourse on ethical decision-making and practice in the context of public health. BIG is comprised of students, faculty, and staff from all SPH departments. It is co-chaired by Adnan Hyder and Melissa Goldstein.

The BIG at SPH's main objectives are:

  • To facilitate discussion, debate, and active discourse on topics of interest in ethics in the practice, research, policies, and management of health issues.
  • To assist members and the SPH community to better understand ethics and its practical application in public health practice and decision-making.
  • To develop learning materials and resources on individual and public health ethics for SPH faculty, staff, and students.

For more information: Paul Ndebele, Secretary;

Ethics & COVID-19: A Webinar Series

COVID-19 has raised a plethora of ethical issues - from prevention and containment, to cure and management. Join leading experts to discuss these issues in a Bioethics Interest Group (BIG) webinar series focused on COVID-19 ethical considerations. Hosted by the Office of Research Excellence and moderated by Adnan Hyder, Senior Associate Dean for Research, these webinars will host ethics experts from GW, the United States, and abroad to discuss key ethical dilemmas and principles precipitated by the pandemic. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions brought about during unprecedented crisis.

Open to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and public health professionals, this webinar series will lay the foundations for raising and discussing ethical concerns in an e-hall format. Please join us! Upcoming dates and topics:

Upcoming Webinars:

Regional Perspective - South Asia | October 27 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM (EST)
Meeting ID: 958 8075 8777

Password: BIGCOVID19

Anant Bhan, PhD
Researcher, Bioethics and Global Health
Senior Research Consultant, ESC Program for Global Health
Adjunct Visiting Professor in the Department of Community Medicine, Yenepoya Medical College and Centre for Ethics

Yenepoya University, Mangaluru, India

Farhat Moazam, M.D., FACS, PhD

Professor and Chairperson, Center of Biomedical Ethics and Culture (CBEC), Karachi, Pakistan

Past Webinars

Ethics & COVID-19: Introduction

Held April 14, 2020

   Melissa Goldstein, JD

   Teaching Associate Professor, The George Washington University

   Paul Ndebele, Ph.D.
   GWSPH Compliance & Professorial Lecturer in Global Health

   Research Regulatory Specialist

Skip to 2:15 mark for start.

Link: Webinar 1

Ethics & COVID-19: Clinical Ethics

Held April 28, 2020

   Melissa Goldstein, JD

   Teaching Associate Professor, The George Washington University

   Vanessa Madrigal, MD, MSCE

   Director, Ethics Program; Critical Care Specialist, Children's National

   Katalin Roth, MD, JD
   Professor of Medicine, the George Washington University

   Director of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Link: Webinar 2

Ethics & COVID-19: Scarce Resource Allocation

Held May 12, 2020

   Sarah Vittone, DBe, MSN, RN
   Assistant Professor, Georgetown University

   Bioethicist at Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University

   Govind Persad, JD, Ph.D
   Assistant Professor, The University of Denver Sturm College of Law

   Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics

Link: Webinar 3

Ethics & COVID-19: Maternal and Child Health

Held May 26, 2020

   Leana Wen, MD, MSc
   Visiting Professor, The George Washington University

   Distinguished Fellow at the Fitzhugh Mullan Institute of Health Workforce Equity

   Amita Vyas, PhD, MHS

   Associate Professor, The George Washington University

Link: Webinar 4

Ethics & COVID-19: Research Ethics

Held June 9, 2020

Link: Webinar 5

Ethics & COVID-19: Vaccine Ethics

Held June 23, 2020

   Saad Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FIDSA
   Director of the Yale Institute for Global Health

   Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Yale University

   Alexandra Phelan, SJD, LLM, LLB
   Assistant Professor, Center for Global Health Sciences and Security
   Assistant Professor, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Georgetown University

   Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Link: Webinar 6

Ethics & COVID-19: Ethnic and Racial Disparity

Held July 7, 2020

Jim Lavery, PhD
   Conrad N. Hilton Chair in Global Health Ethics
   Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health

   Faculty, Center for Ethics, Emory University

   Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH
   Professor, School of Law, Saint Louis University
   Co-Director, Center for Equity, Saint Louis University

   Co-Founder, Institute for Healing Justice and Equity, Saint Louis University

Link: Webinar 7

Ethics & COVID-19: Domestic and Family Violence

Held July 21, 2020

   Nicole V. Lang, MD
   President and CEO, Washington Pediatric Associates, Premier Pediatric Concierge Care
   Assistant Professor of Pediatric Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Sciences,
   The George Washington University
   Joan S. Meier, Esq.
   Professor of Clinical Law and Director of the National Family Violence Law Center,

   The George Washington University School of Law

Link: Webinar 8

Ethics & COVID-19: Digital Privacy

Held August 4, 2020

   Ross Upshur, MA, MD, MSc
   Dalla Lana Chair in Clinical Public Health
   Head, Division of Clinical Public Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
   Scientific Director, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation
   Associate Director, Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health

   Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

   Melissa Goldstein, JD
   Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington


Link: Webinar 9

Ethics & COVID-19: International Context

Held August 18, 2020

   Katherine Litter
   Co-Lead, Global Health Ethics and Government Unit, Research for Health Department

   World Health Organiziation (WHO)

   Carla Saenz, PhD
   Regional Bioethics Advisor, Department of Health Systems and Services, Pan American

   Health Organization (PAHO)

Link: Webinar 10

Ethics & COVID-19: Refugee Populations

Held September 1, 2020

   Ron Waldman, MD
   Professor of Global Health
   Milken Institute School of Publich Health

   The George Washington University

   Serena Parekh, PhD
   Associate Professor
   Director of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) Program
   Co-Editor, Feminist Philosophy Quarterly

   Northeastern University

Link: Webinar 11

Ethics & COVID-19: Regional Perspectives - East Asia

Held September 15, 2020

   Calvin W.L. Ho, JSD, LLM, MSc, LLB

   Associate Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong

   Yonghui Ma, PhD
   Associate Director of the Centre for Bioethics, Medical College, Xiamen University

   Associate Professor, Xiamen University

Link: Webinar 12

Ethics & COVID-19: Publication Ethics

Held September 29, 2020

Dr Laragh Gollogly 

Editor in Chief, Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Prof Keymanthri Moodley
Professor and Director, Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, WHO Collaborating Centre in Bioethics

Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Link: Coming soon!

Ethics & COVID-19: Adolescent Health

Held October 13, 2020

Zulfiqar Bhutta, FRS MBBS FRCPCH FAAP Phd
Founding Director, Institute for Global Health and Development
Founding Director, Center of Excellence in Women and Child Helath, the Aga Khan University

South Central Asia, East Africa & United Kingdom

Ann Strode, BA LLB LLM PhD

Professor, School of Socio Legal Studies, Pietermaritzburg, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Link: Coming soon!

Research Guidance & Resources

FCOI Supplemental Disclosure Form

Single PI for Multi-department Awards

Graduate Assistants (GA, GRA) and Fellowships Policy

Cost Share Approvals

Principal Investigator Eligibility Exception Request


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