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College-wide Policies

Scholarly Misconduct

Scholarly misconduct in the work of faculty is considered a serious offense by the College. Scholarly misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices which seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the academic community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research. This policy is intended to clarify the College’s definition of scholarly misconduct and provide the college community with information on how allegations of scholarly misconduct will be handled.

Responsible office
Dean of the College
Responsible party
Dean of the College
Last revision
December 2005
Approved by
Faculty Executive Committee
Approval date
December 2005
Effective date
December 2005
Last review
December 2005
Additional references
National Science Foundation Award and Administration Guide (Chapter VII.C.); Public Health Service Policies on Research Misconduct (42 CFR Parts 50 and 93)

Scope

All financial and administrative policies involving community members across campus are within the scope of this policy. If there is variance between departmental expectations and the common approach described through college policy, the college will look to the campus community to support the spirit and the objectives of college policy.

Policy

Scholarly misconduct in the work of faculty is considered a serious offense by the College.  Scholarly misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices which seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the academic community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research.  Scholarly misconduct does not extend to honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments about scientific data or other research materials.

 

Procedures

Informal Inquiry

Apparent cases of scholarly misconduct should be brought to the attention of the Dean of the College.  The Dean will conduct an inquiry into the allegations, in consultation with the Executive Committee of the appropriate division.

Formal Investigation

In every instance in which the Dean finds support for the allegations of scholarly misconduct, the Dean shall request that the Faculty Executive Committee appoint a three-member committee to hear the allegations.  The accused faculty member shall be given reasonable notice in writing of the allegations.  The faculty member shall be apprised of the evidence against him or her prior to the hearing, shall be afforded full opportunity to be heard, and to present such evidence on his or her own behalf as he or she may elect.  A verbatim record of the hearing will be made and a typewritten copy made available without cost to the faculty member upon request. If the faculty member elects, he or she may be represented by legal counsel at the hearing, but counsel will not be permitted to object to the introduction of evidence.

Report of Results

If the hearing committee finds the faculty member guilty of scholarly misconduct, the results of the hearing will be reported to the President of the College and to any federal or other granting agencies involved in funding the faculty member's research.  The President will decide upon and implement such institutional sanctions as he or she deems appropriate, following consultation with the Dean of the College, the Faculty Executive Committee, the hearing committee, and the affected faculty member.