Michigan State University
Research Integrity Officer
James M. Pivarnik, Ph.D.
107 Olds Hall
East Lansing, Michigan 48824
Research Integrity Mission Statement
Safeguarding the integrity of research and creative activities is fundamental to the mission of Michigan State University. We owe no less to the public which sustains institutions like ours and to the governmental agencies and private entities which sponsor the research enterprise. All members of MSU share responsibility to assure that misconduct or fraud in research and creative activity is dealt with effectively and that MSU's high standards for scholarly integrity are preserved.
Moreover, MSU has explicit obligations to federal agencies to safeguard research integrity. In seeking funds from these agencies, MSU is required to establish and abide by uniform policies and procedures for investigating and reporting instances of alleged or apparent misconduct involving research and related activities.
To meet these needs, MSU has developed the Procedures Concerning Allegations of Misconduct in Research and Creative Activities. By following these Procedures for the investigation and evaluation of alleged or apparent misconduct, MSU will discharge its regulatory obligations and, more importantly, help preserve the integrity of research and creative activities conducted under its auspices. The Procedures also provide a basis for imposing sanctions, or initiating processes that may result in the imposition of sanctions, on individuals who violate MSU's expectations of integrity in research and creative activities.
Research Misconduct (Procedures Section I.k.)
"Misconduct" means Fabrication, Falsification, Plagiarism, or any other practice that seriously deviates from practices commonly accepted in the discipline or in the academic and research communities generally in proposing, performing, reviewing, or reporting Research and Creative Activities. Misconduct does not include appropriative practices in the Creative Arts insofar as they accord with accepted standards in the relevant discipline. Misconduct does not include honest error or honest differences in the interpretation or judgment of Research data.
Related MSU Resources
MSU Authorship Guidelines
Sample Authorship Agreement
Research Data: Management, Control, and Access
MSU Research Handbook
Research Ethics Educational Resources
"What is MSU's Research Misconduct Policy?" Presented by James M. Pivarnik, Ph.D., MSU Research Integrity Officer
"The Lab" Interactive Video on Research Misconduct by DHHS Office of Research Integrity
Case Western Reserve Online Ethics Center
AAAS Integrity in Scientific Research
DHHS Office of Research Integrity
NSF Office of Inspector General