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Research Misconduct

Saint Anselm College requires that we inquire immediately into allegations or other evidence of possible compliance deficiencies. If federal funds are involved, we must be prepared where appropriate to take interim administrative steps to protect federal funds and ensure that the purposes of the federal assistance are carried out. Institutional procedures for handling perceived deficiencies must maintain a common, formal and easily available entry point for receiving all allegations.

If you want to report what you believe to be a perceived deficiency regarding misconduct in research, please read Saint Anselm College's Research Misconduct Policy (PDF/262KB).

The Research Integrity Officer (RIO) is the institutional official responsible for assessing allegations of research misconduct to determine if they fall within the definition of research misconduct and warrant an inquiry on the basis that the allegation is sufficiently credible and specific so that potential evidence of research misconduct may be identified. The RIO at Saint Anselm College is the Vice President of Academic Affairs or his/her designee.

Misconduct in research runs contrary to Saint Anselm College's mission as an institution of higher education, undermines the public trust placed in the research enterprise of our nation's colleges and universities, and wastes valuable public and private resources. Therefore, it is the policy of Saint Anselm College to neither condone nor tolerate research misconduct by any member of its community.


This statement of policy and procedures is intended to carry out Saint Anselm's responsibilities under the Public Health Service (PHS) Policies on Research Misconduct, as well the corresponding policies on research misconduct of a variety of federal funding agencies.

This document applies to allegations of research misconduct (fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results-see Section II.) involving a person who, at the time of the alleged research misconduct, was employed by, was an agent of, was under the authority of, or was affiliated by contract or agreement with this institution. As such, the document is applicable to all members of the College community, including, but not limited to, faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students.

This document does not distinguish between funded and unfunded research activities, except where it refers to specific agency requirements.

This document does not distinguish between scholarly disciplines. It is acknowledged, at the very least, that research may take on a different character from discipline to discipline. However, each discipline has its professional standards of conduct, and to the extent that fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism are rejected by those professional standards, this document applies to the research activities of those disciplines.

Research Misconduct (as defined in this document) is a specific instance of impropriety within the broader domain of personal and professional conduct. Allegations of misconduct outside the scope of research misconduct as defined in Section II should be directed to the appropriate chair, dean, director, vice president, or other College official.

This statement of policy and procedures does not apply to authorship or collaboration disputes.

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