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Scientific Misconduct

All members of the Old Dominion University community are expected to uphold the same standards of scientific integrity when conducting research.

Scientific misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific community. Misconduct does not include honest error or differences in interpretations of data.

The Procedures for Responding to Allegations of Misconduct in Scientific Research or Other Scholarly Activity provide the methods and principles for assessing allegations and conducting inquiries and investigations related to possible scientific misconduct in research. In particular, these procedures seek compliance with scientific misconduct procedures for research that is proposed to or supported by the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) or the National Science Foundation (NSF). Included are procedures for reporting scientific misconduct investigations to these agencies, adopting institutional actions in response to findings of scientific misconduct, and cooperating with the PHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI) or the NSF Inspector General in their review of institutional actions and reports.

These procedures are intended to govern the assessment of allegations, the conduct of inquiries and investigations, and the reporting of results to the appropriate agency. The procedures do not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by a party against the institution, its agencies, officers, or employees.

The procedures should be read in conjunction with the Policy for Responding to Allegations of Misconduct in Scientific Research and Scholarly Activity.

For further information, please contact Adam Rubenstein, Director of Research Compliance, at arubenst@odu.edu or (757) 683-3686.