Marian University Statement on the Integrity of Scholarship

1.    Marian University is founded in Core Values which encompass integrity in scholarship and teaching.  Upholding the University's Mission allows us to safeguard our American freedoms.  Without the privilege of academic freedom, we, as community dedicated to higher learning scholarship, research and education, would be unable to contribute to the knowledge that enhances our people and our planet.   

2.    In accordance with Marian University's Mission and Core Values it is incumbent upon faculty, staff, students, and administration of the University to conduct research, scholarship and teaching activities in a manner that strives for academic excellence and upholds the highest standards of scholarly integrity.

3.    Under the circumstances when there are actions that can be viewed as misconduct some are more serious than others. Lesser offenses that may be reviewed internally, such as carelessness or questionable research practices, will be handled through the normal administrative channels. However, serious breaches will require University review through an inquiry or formal investigation. The Marian University academic community will assist the VPAA and ORSP to distinguish serious instances of misconduct from errors due to ignorance or simple mistake.   

4.    The University community views serious academic misconduct as potential grounds for termination of employment under appropriate University procedures.

5.    Misconduct in the pursuit of scholarship and research includes but is not limited to:

      1. Falsification of data: dishonesty in reporting results, ranging from fabrication of data, improper adjustment of results, and gross negligence in collecting or analyzing data to selective reporting or omission of conflicting data for deceptive purposes:
      2. Plagiarism: This is a serious offense for all members of the University community.  Taking credit for someone else's work or ideas, appropriating others' results or methods, copying the writing of others without proper acknowledgment, are explained in Faculty and Student Handbooks and Academic Policies.
      3. Abuse of confidentiality: taking or releasing the ideas or data of others which were shared with the legitimate expectation of confidentiality, (e.g. failure to submit proper IRB documents while conducting research on humans and/or animals);
      4. Falsification in research: deliberately misrepresenting research findings, including the progress of research, to a research sponsor;
      5. Dishonesty in publication: knowingly publishing material that is false or will mislead readers, or adding the names of other authors without permission;
      6. Deliberate violation of regulations: flagrant and repeated failure to adhere to or to receive the approval required for work under research regulations of Federal, State, local or University agencies, including, but not limited to, guidelines for the:
        1. protection of human subjects
        2. protection of animal subjects
        3. use of recombinant DNA
        4. use of radioactive material
        5. use of hazardous chemicals or biologicals
        6. conduct of classified research
      7. Property violations: stealing or destroying property of others, such as research papers, supplies, equipment, or products of research or scholarship;
      8. Failure to report observed major offenses: covering up or otherwise failing to report major offenses or breaches of research ethics by others that one has observed.
      9. Retaliation: taking punitive action against an individual for having reported alleged major offenses.

        The University is required to file an annual report with the federal Department of Health and Human Services (see Documents) providing any reports of research misconduct or lack thereof.  If there are suspected issues of misconduct please contact the ORSP or VPAA immediately.