NMU's Policy and Resource Database

Scientific Misconduct

Date approved: 1-4-1999
Last update: 1-4-1999
Approved by: President
Oversight unit: ACADEMIC AFFAIRS, PROVOST & VP
Level: Admin Policy
This policy has a related procedure. View the procedure.
Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to define and describe procedures which promote high research standards, deal with suspected anomalies in intellectual honesty, and protect the rights and reputation of all parties involved in instances of alleged misconduct.

Applicability

All faculty, staff, and students.

 

Description

 

1.0       DEFINITION OF TERMS

 

1.1       “Misconduct in science” or “misconduct” means 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.  It does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data.

 

1.2       “Inquiry” means information gathering and initial fact finding to determine whether an allegation or apparent instance of misconduct warrants an investigation.

 

1.3       “Investigation” means the formal examination and evaluation of all relevant facts to determine if misconduct has occurred.

 

2.0       STATEMENT OF POLICY

 

Faculty, academic staff, and students of Northern Michigan University have the right and responsibility to create, seek, and state knowledge freely and openly and to strive for academic excellence.  Recognizing that honesty in the conduct of academic research is fundamental to its integrity and credibility and to the maintenance of public trust in the University, Northern Michigan University adopts the following policy:

 

2.1       It is the policy of the University to expect ethical behavior from all members of the academic community and to maintain the integrity of professional ethics as they conduct research and scholarly activities.

 

2.2       Scientific misconduct is prohibited at the University and may be cause for discipline or dismissal.

 

REFERENCES

 

Scientific Misconduct Procedure.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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