Scientific Integrity

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It is the responsibility of faculty and students to utilize the same high ethical standards when conducting research as during their professional practice. Deliberate falsification of data, plagiarism or misinterpretation of findings are violations of the University’s Honor Code as well as violations of the rights of human subjects who took part in the study believing that it would contribute to scientific knowledge.

Many of the standard procedures associated with research, including management of data, protection of confidentiality and collaboration policies, differ from those of clinical practice. For example, it is recognized that raw data and all analyses are retained for a minimum of five years after publication and theses and dissertations are published by the University. Therefore, students should expect to receive instruction about these standards during research classes and informal discussions with the advisory committee chair. Also, research dilemmas, such as a conflict between the clinical needs of a research subject and the role of the researcher or a disagreement about the relative contributions of two students to a research project, may occur during the conduct of the study. A major role of the committee chair is to help students work through these dilemmas. If at any time students find that the committee chair is unable to help, they should feel free to discuss the problem with other members of the Research Advisory Committee, the Public Health/Nursing IRB chair, the coordinator of the student’s advanced practice area or the Program Director.