Research Misconduct Policy

    The University, its employees, and its students often benefit from participation in research activities. The University does not wish to interfere with employees' or students' legitimate research interests and academic freedom.  Employees and students, in turn, must ensure that their research activities are conducted in a responsible and ethical manner.

    This policy sets forth procedures and guidelines that are to be followed in the reporting and investigation of alleged research misconduct.  It is applicable to all employees, officers, agents, and students of Marywood University. It meets the institution's responsibilities under the Public Health Service (PHS) Policies on Research Misconduct, 42 CFR Part 93.  However, it applies to all funded research projects regardless of funding source.



    1. Upon receipt of an allegation of research misconduct, the Research Integrity Officer will

    • conduct an investigation;
    • take other appropriate action.

    2. The Research Integrity Officer will report the results of investigations conducted or overseen to the Deciding Official for a determination of appropriate actions which may include

    • appropriate steps to correct the research record;
    • verbal and or written reprimand;
    • imposition of procedures to ensure compliance with appropriate standards;
    • suspension or termination of employment;
    • reporting of results to the federal agency responsible for oversight;
    • referral to law enforcement when criminal activity is involved.

    3. Marywood University employees who are subjects of allegations will receive appropriate protections including

    • review of allegations by objective individuals with appropriate expertise;
    • timely investigation, adjudication, and appeal;
    • confidentiality to the extent possible and consistent with a fair and thorough investigation;
    • reasonable and practical efforts to protect or restore the reputation of persons alleged to have engaged in research misconduct but against whom no finding of research misconduct is made.

    Marywood University employees may not retaliate in any way against complainants or witnesses. Individuals should immediately report any alleged or apparent retaliation to the Research Integrity Officer, who will review the matter and take appropriate action.

    See also Office of Research and Sponsored Programs website