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P210: RESEARCH MISCONDUCT POLICY

Issued by:
Stony Brook Research Office
Approved:
March, 2002
Revised:
February 2011
Statement of Policy
This policy applies to all members of the University Community engaged in research and scholarly activities, sponsored or unsponsored, regardless of where the activity is performed. The University Community consists of all faculty, staff, students, users, and visitors hosted by any of these.
Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in all research and scholarly endeavors. All members of the University Community ("members") are obliged to:
  • adhere to the highest professional standards of integrity in planning, performing, reviewing, and reporting the results of research/scholarly activities conducted under the auspices of this Institution, and
  • report observed, suspected, or apparent research misconduct, and to cooperate with the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) and other institutional officials in the review of allegations and the conduct of inquiries and investigations. All parties have an obligation to provide evidence relevant to research misconduct allegations to the RIO or other institutional officials.
Research, for the purpose of this policy, is defined generally as creative activity that a member performs or expects to submit to public scrutiny in any form of publication, performance, portfolio, or sample of work regardless of medium or venue. Covered research is not limited to scientific research, but includes design work, literary composition, and policy studies. This policy does not cover student academic dishonesty which must be referred to the student Academic Judiciary.
Research misconduct is defined as: fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.
  • Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
  • Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.
  • Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit. Note: This statement of policy and procedures does not apply to authorship or collaboration disputes.
A finding of research misconduct must demonstrate the following:
  • There must be a significant departure from accepted practices of the relevant research community; and
  • The misconduct must have been committed intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly; and
  • The allegation must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence.

The University will thoroughly investigate, in a fair and timely manner, all allegations of research misconduct that are brought to the attention of the Research Integrity Officer (RIO). The RIO for Stony Brook University is the Vice President for Research.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for carrying out this policy are available here:
http://www.stonybrook.edu/research/orc/research-misconduct/research-misconduct-sop.pdf
  1. Who is covered by this policy?
  2. What kind of research is covered?
  3. What is 'Research Misconduct?'
  4. What to do if you become aware of research misconduct.
  5. What should you expect if you:
    1. report a suspected incident of research misconduct?
    2. are accused of research misconduct?
  6. How the university responds to reports of research misconduct.
  7. If you decide to serve on a research misconduct advisory panel, what are your obligations?
  8. Rules for advisory panels
  9. Reporting obligations to certain funding agencies and others
  10. Structure and content of reports

This policy and associated SOPs are in compliance with PHS regulations at 42 CFR 93, and NSF regulations at 45 CFR 689

Inquiries/Request:

Assistant Vice President for Research Compliance
SBU Research Integrity Officer

Office of Research Compliance
W5530, Frank J. Melville, Jr. Library
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York 11794-3368
Phone (631) 632-9036
Fax: (631) 632-9839

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