Policies and Procedures
Under the Policy and Procedural Guidelines for Misconduct in
Research and Scholarship, allegations of misconduct in research and
scholarship are directed to the Dean of the appropriate College and
the Provost. The University assumes responsibility for resolving
allegations and investigating incidents on misconduct by its
faculty, staff, and students. These responsibilities exist
regardless of whether the activity is funded by federal, state, or
private sources, or are the result of unfunded efforts. The full
text of the policy is below:
The creation and dissemination of knowledge are primary missions
of the University. Accordingly, the University should foster an
environment in which research flourishes. Such an environment
requires the integrity of faculty, students, and staff who conduct
research and scholarship. Furthermore, faculty, investigators, and
other supervisors need to ensure the integrity of research and
scholarship conducted under their direction.
At Lesley University, misconduct in research and scholarship is
The intentional fabrication or falsification of data, research
procedures, or data analysis; plagiarism; or other fraudulent
activities in proposing, conducting, reporting, or reviewing
research. Willful failure to comply with federal, state, or
university requirements a) for protecting researchers, human
subjects, and the public during research and b) concerning the
humane treatment of animals used in research. Use of research
funds, facilities, or staff for unauthorized and/or illegal
Hereinafter "misconduct" means misconduct in research and
scholarship as defined above. Misconduct does not include honest
error or honest differences in interpretation or judgments of data.
This policy pertains to original research and scholarship only and
is not intended to replace other policies dealing with academic
conduct, such as integrity in class or course work.
"Inquiry" means information gathering and initial fact-finding
to determine whether an allegation or apparent instance of
misconduct warrants investigation. "Investigation" means the formal
examination and evaluation of all relevant information to determine
if misconduct has occurred.
The Dean of a college and the Provost may receive, typically in
writing, allegations of misconduct in research and scholarship.
However, the Provost of the University, through the University
Deans, is ultimately responsible for all research programs and
activities conducted at the University. Therefore, the Provost
shall be informed by the Deans of all allegations of misconduct in
research and scholarship.
Furthermore, the Provost shall consult with the University's
Attorney on all inquiries and investigations, and is responsible
for directing inquires into and investigations of misconduct in
research and scholarship, and in meeting all reporting requirements
established by federal and non-federal agencies.
The procedures of this policy are not exclusive of other
mechanisms for the review of misconduct. In the case of review of
allegations of misuse of funds, the University's Internal Auditor,
and in some cases outside auditors, shall investigate and report to
the proper administrators. In the case of alleged illegal
activities, the Provost retains the power to direct investigations,
take interim measures prior to or during any inquiry or
investigation to preserve state property or resources, and request
reports on alleged violations. Where an investigation of misconduct
under this Policy may be duplicative, and where issues of the
proper conduct of scientific research are lacking, the Provost may
decide not to conduct an investigation under this policy.
D. Administrative Procedures
While the University is primarily responsible during the period of
inquiry and investigation, a relevant public agency may perform its
own investigation at any time prior to, during, or following the
University's investigation and may impose sanctions determined by
its own investigation.
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