Policy Spotlight Series: UC Research Data Policy

September 7, 2022
Ian Harazduk
Compliance Analyst & Privacy Officer
Chief Compliance Office
September 7, 2022

The University of California Office of the President has issued a new Presidential Policy--the UC Research Data Policy--effective as of July 15, 2022. Ownership of Research Data by the Regents of the University of California is a long-standing precept originally articulated in Section 020 of the Academic Personnel Manual (APM-020), or Regulation 4. Specifically, APM-020 Part II. Sec. 5 states that “Notebooks and other original records of the research are the property of the University.” The intent of the new UC Research Data Policy is to clarify the ownership of and responsibility for research data generated during the course of University research, encourage active data management and sharing practices, and provide guidance with respect to procedures when a University Researcher leaves the University.

The new Presidential Policy went through two systemwide reviews on December 17, 2021 for 90-day comment period and on February 15, 2022 for 60-day comment period, respectively. All the relevant and applicable feedback received from these systemwide reviews was incorporated into the new policy.

If you have questions about the new policy, please feel free to contact the UC policy contact Deborah Motton at Deborah.Motton@ucop.edu or the UCR policy contact at policy@ucr.edu