Scientific Misconduct Policy

  • Policy
  • Research
Responsible Unit Office of Academic Affairs
Responsible Cabinet Member Provost and VP for Academic Affairs
Adoption Date 1990-03-07
Last Revision Date
Last Review Date

Policy Statement

The University Policy on Scientific Misconduct adopted by the Faculty Senate (Resolution #14, 1989-1990) and implemented on March 7, 1990 is as follows.


It is the purpose of these policies to instill and promote the principles of professional integrity, to prevent scientific misconduct, and to discover and censure instances of misconduct when they occur.


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Policy Procedures

1. SUNY Brockport shall maintain high ethical standards in science, prevent misconduct where possible, and promptly and fairly evaluate and resolve instances of alleged or apparent misconduct.

2. Every member of the University community has the responsibility of reporting misconduct in scientific work. No person raising serious allegations of misconduct will suffer any penalty, however, frivolous, mischievous or malicious misrepresentation in alleging misconduct will not be tolerated and may result in action against the perpetrator.

3. SUNY Brockport shall take appropriate disciplinary action against any individual found guilty of misconduct. This will include disclosure to funding agencies, collaborating scientists and institutions, journal editors, professional associations, licensing boards, and potential employers who request oral or written references.

4. These policies apply to scientific research and related scholarly writing conduced by any member of the University faculty or staff. They are not intended to address issues, such as the conduct of students in fulfilling course requirements, which are covered by other policies.

5. These procedures for the institutional handling of allegations of scientific misconduct normally have four stages:

  1. An inquiry to determine whether the allegation or related issues warrant further investigation.
  2. When warranted, an investigation to collect and thoroughly examine evidence.
  3. A formal finding.
  4. Appropriate disposition of the matter.

6. As a general rule, the University will take no more than 60 days to conduct its inquiry and determine whether an investigation is warranted. If an investigation is warranted. If an investigation is to be undertaken, it will begin within 30 days of the conclusion of the inquiry, and the institution shall generally take no more than 120 days to complete the investigation, prepare the report of findings, obtain the comments of the subject(s) of the investigation, and make a decision on the disposition of the case.

7. The University will annually report to all funding and sponsoring agencies as follows:

  1. Assurance that the institution has established an administrative process for reviewing, investigating, and reporting allegations of misconduct in science in connection with sponsored research.
  2. Provision of such aggregate information on allegations, inquiries, and investigations as funding and sponsoring agencies may prescribe.

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History (in descending order)

Item Date Explanation
Next Review Date 1995-03-07 Five-year review
Adoption Date 1990-03-07 Policy Adopted


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