Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.21
Liaison Julie Hopper
Submission Date July 29, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Southern California
IN-1: Academy-Industry Connections

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50 Elias Platte-Bermeo
Sustainability Program Assistant
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution require that all significant consulting contracts be reported to a standing committee charged with reviewing and managing individual and institutional conflicts of interest?:

The policy language that requires that all significant consulting contracts be reviewed for conflicts of interest:

Every employee of the university must avoid both actual conflicts of interest and the appearance of conflicts of interest and be in compliance with the university’s Conflict of Interest and Ethics Policy and Procedures. USC Healthcare Professionals are obligated to disclose to the appropriate parties (e.g., Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committees, Chair/Supervisor), any past or current financial interests, management roles or consulting relationships with Industry which are relevant to the product/service under consideration. USC Healthcare Professionals must recuse themselves from any purchasing deliberations or decisions relevant to the conflicting interests that pertain to the Industry’s products or services when there is an ongoing or current consulting relationship.

All Industry-sponsored research projects must be reviewed and approved by USC’s Health Research Association or the USC Department of Contracts and Grants, and are subject to USC’s research policies generally; see Faculty Issues on USC Policies site, and in particular USC’s Conflict of Interest in Research policy. Disclosures of potential or actual conflicts of interest in research must be made to the relevant Institutional Review Board (IRB) and/or Conflicts of Interest Committee (CIRC) per the Conflict of Interest in Research policy and IRB procedures.

More information: https://policy.usc.edu/industry-relationships/
More information: https://policy.usc.edu/conflict-of-interest-in-research/

Does the institution prohibit faculty, staff, students, postdoctoral fellows, medical residents, and other academic professionals from engaging in industry-led “ghostwriting” or “ghost authorship”?:

The policy language that prohibits industry-led “ghostwriting” or “ghost authorship”:

The Assocaition of American Medical Colleges defines ghostwriting as “the provision of written material that is officially credited to someone other than the writer(s) of the material.” Transparent writing collaboration with attribution between academic and industry investigators, medical writers and/or technical experts is not ghostwriting. It is not permissible for USC Healthcare Professionals, students or trainees to allow their professional presentations to be ghostwritten by any party.

More information: https://policy.usc.edu/industry-relationships/

Does the institution prohibit participation in sponsored research that restricts investigator access to the complete study data or that limits investigators’ ability to verify the accuracy and validity of final reported results?:

The policy language that prohibits sponsored research that restricts investigator access or verification:

USC generally does not restrict participation in research to United States citizens, nor does it accept restrictions on a researcher’s ability to share the results of his or her research freely and will only consider such projects on an exception basis. USC employees are required to submit a request for exception to the Office of Research if they become aware that a sponsor is seeking to restrict participation by a researcher, staff person, or student on the basis of nationality, or restrict publication (other than short review periods to ensure that no confidential or proprietary information has been inadvertently disclosed in an intended publication).

More information: https://ooc.usc.edu/files/2019/08/Guide-to-Research-2019.pdf

Does the institution ban confidential corporate research?:

The policy language that bans confidential corporate research:

All faculty-initiated proposals relating to research or training programs, whether made to private foundations, corporations, or government sponsors, must be transmitted to the prospective sponsor through regular USC channels, including the Department of Contracts and Grants. Approaches to private sources of funding for gifts must be coordinated with the Office of the Senior Vice-President, University Advancement, as well as submitted to the dean or Provost. See the University policies website (Website Link: http://policy.usc.edu). All proposals for sponsored research or training programs should utilize the TARA system to document approvals by academic and administrative officers before submission to the Department of Contract and Grants. These should be prepared as far in advance of submission dates or deadlines as possible. For more information on the preparation process, please consult the Department of Contracts and Grants website (Website Link: http://research.usc.edu/dcg).

The University policy regarding participation in classified or proprietary research is not to accept or to renew extramural contracts, grants, gifts or other agreements that restrict the rights of the faculty to free conduct of inquiry or to free scholarly dissemination of results within a reasonable time, with the exception of the limited cases.

More information: https://www.provost.usc.edu/files/2019/06/2019-Faculty-Handbook.pdf

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