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In pursuing its mission, and in the engagement of University employees in sponsored programs, the University attempts to promote and conform to the highest standards of ethical research and scholarly conduct. The Gallaudet University Institutional Integrity Policy appears below. It is also available here as a downloadable PDF document. The provost serves as the university's Research Integrity Officer.
For more information about the importance of research integrity, please visit the web site of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://ori.hhs.gov
Research misconduct includes-without limitation-fabrication, falsification or plagiarism in proposing, performing or reviewing research or in reporting research results. All employees or individuals associated with Gallaudet University should report observed, suspected or apparent misconduct in research to the provost.
Reason for Policy
In pursuing its mission, and in the engagement of University employees in sponsored programs, the University attempts to promote and conform to the highest standards of ethical research and scholarly conduct.
In cases where scholarly misconduct is alleged to have occurred in work by or for Gallaudet University personnel, and for which governmental funding has been received in any form, the following steps shall be taken:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity: http://ori.hhs.gov/
Definition and Examples
Misconduct in scientific research
"Fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research. Misconduct does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretation or judgment of data." (Public Health Service)
"'Misconduct' means (1) fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other serious deviation from accepted practices in proposing, carrying out, or reporting results from research, (2) material failure to comply with Federal requirements for protection of researchers, human subjects, or the public or for ensuring the welfare of laboratory animals, or (3) failure to meet other material legal requirements governing research." (National Science Foundation)
Any written or oral statement or other indication of possible research misconduct made to a University official.
A person who in good faith makes an allegation of research misconduct.
Conflict of interest
The real or apparent interference of one person's outside interests with the interests of another person where potential bias may occur due to prior or existing personal or professional relationships.
Good faith allegation
An allegation made with the honest belief that research misconduct may have occurred. An allegation is not in good faith if it is made with reckless disregard for, or willful ignorance of, facts that would disprove the allegation.
Gathering information and initial fact-finding to determine whether an allegation or apparent instance of research misconduct has substance and warrants an investigation.
The formal development of a factual record and the examination of that record leading to one of two decisions: (a) to confirm the allegation of research misconduct and to recommend appropriate remedies, including administrative actions or (b) to dismiss the allegation of research misconduct.
Any person paid by, under the control of, or affiliated with the University, such as faculty, scientists, trainees, technicians, other staff members, students, fellows, guest researchers or collaborators at or with the University.
Office of Research Integrity (ORI)
The office within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that is responsible for the research misconduct and research integrity activities of the U.S. Public Health Service.
Public Health Service (PHS) regulation
The PHS regulation that establishes standards for University inquiries and investigations into allegations of research misconduct. It is set forth in "Responsibility of PHS Awardee and Applicant Institutions for Dealing With and Reporting Possible Misconduct in Science," or as amended (42 C.F.R. §50, Subpart A).
Any data or results that embody the facts resulting from scholarly inquiry including, but not limited to: grant or contract applications, whether funded or unfunded; grant or contract progress and other reports; laboratory notebooks; notes; correspondence; videos; photographs; X-ray film; slides; biological materials; computer files and printouts; manuscripts and publications; equipment use logs; laboratory procurement records; animal facility records; human and animal subject protocols; consent forms; medical charts; and patient research files. "Data or results" shall be interpreted broadly to encompass all forms of scholarly information about the research at issue without regard to the type of recording or storage media, including, but not limited to, raw numbers, field notes, interviews, notebooks and folders, laboratory observations, computers and other research equipment, CD-ROMs, hard drives, floppy disks, Zip disks, back-up tapes, machine counter tapes, research interpretations and analyses, tables, slides, photographs, charts, gels, individual facts, statistics, tissue samples, reagents and documented oral representations of research results.
The person against whom an allegation of research misconduct is directed or the person whose actions are the subject of the inquiry or investigation. There can be more than one respondent in any inquiry or investigation, and, if there are multiple respondents, all references in this policy to "respondent" shall also be read in the plural as appropriate.
Any action that adversely affects the employment or other University or professional status of an individual that is taken by an institution or another individual (e.g., respondent) because the first individual has in good faith made an allegation of research misconduct or of inadequate University response thereto or has cooperated in good faith with an investigation of such allegation.
Principal Investigator or Project Director
Report any allegation of misconduct via the proper channels as described in this policy.
Report any allegation of misconduct first to your Principal Investigator or Project Director. If allegation is about your PI or PD, report via the proper channels as described in this policy.
Office of Sponsored Programs
Upon notification, provide notification to Research Integrity Officer (Provost) and potentially the external funding agency associated with that funded project.
Communicate these practices to all responsible employees within the department.
Communicate these practices to all responsible employees within the departments.
Origination date: August 2008; Last amended date: April 2010; Posted on the Academic Affairs web site: January 13, 2011; reviewed June 18, 2013.
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