To implement section 493 of the Public Health Service Act and section 2058 (a) (2) (c) of the Anti Drug Abuse Act of 1988, the University in seeking Federal funds is required to establish and abide by uniform policies and procedures for investigation and reporting instances of alleged or apparent misconduct involving research, training, or related research activities. The procedures described herein are in accordance with 42 CFR Part 50, Subpart A. This policy applies to all individuals who may be involved with a research project supported by the Public Health Service (PHS) or for which an application has been submitted. Unit Administration shall inform faculty, students and staff of the content of this document and of the University’s expectation of maintenance of the highest standards of scientific integrity.
Inquiry - means information gathering and initial fact finding to determine whether an allegation or apparent instance of misconduct warrants an investigation.
Investigation - means the formal examination and evaluation of all relevant facts to determine if misconduct occurred.
Misconduct in science - means fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those commonly accepted within the scientific community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research. It does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data.
Each applicant institution that applies for or receives assistance under the Public Health Service Act for the conduct of biomedical or behavioral research must have assurance satisfactory to the Secretary of HHS that the applicant:
Each applicant or recipient institution shall make an annual submission to the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) of the Public Health Service (PHS) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as follows:
The institution will be in compliance if it:
The following paragraphs describe the existing relevant Southwest Missouri State University policies and procedures.
The role of research at Southwest Missouri State University includes those activities designed to produce one or more outcomes including the discovery, organization, and application of knowledge. While a blend of both basic and applied research is essential to the mission of the University, the principal focus of the research program is directed to the solution of problems relevant to the constituencies served by the University (SMSU Faculty Handbook, July 2000, Section 18.104.22.168).
President - The President is the chief executive officer of the University, responsible to the Board of Governors for the administration of all policies adopted by the Board and for the execution of all acts of the Board (ibid, Section 1.4.1).
Vice President for Academic Affairs - The Vice President for Academic Affairs is the senior academic officer of the University. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the overall direction, development, and administration of all academic and scholarly programs of the University, including the seven academic colleges, the Graduate College, Library Services, and Continuing Education (ibid, Section 1.4.5).
Associate Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs - The Associate Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs serve as deputies to the Vice President for Academic Affairs in all functions, with special responsibility for summer programs, assessment and instructional support, the Writing Center, program review, academic support services, the SMSU Research Campus at Mountain Grove, and the Graduate College (ibid, Section 22.214.171.124).
Dean of Graduate College - The Associate Vice President and Dean of the Graduate College is responsible for administration of graduate programs, internal research funds, and external grants (ibid, Section 126.96.36.199).
College Deans - Each of the College Deans is responsible for the administration of one of the seven undergraduate colleges. Responsibilities include faculty recruitment and development, faculty evaluation, program development, program review, student advisement, collegiate budgeting and budget control, class schedule planning, and general supervision of the research, instructional, and service activities of the college (ibid, Section 188.8.131.52).
Department Heads and School Directors - Each Department Head is responsible for administering one of the academic departments of the University. Responsibilities include faculty recruitment and development, faculty evaluation, program development, program review, student advisement, departmental budgeting and budget control, class schedule planning, and general supervision of the research activities of the department. The Director of a School is expected to fulfill the same role as a Department Head. The faculty and programs in an academic unit are designated as a School primarily upon the recommendation of an accrediting agency, and such designation indicates the unit’s involvement in and integration into an external professional environment that usually requires specific standards for licensure. A School is a professional unit that in all respects has the same status, responsibilities, and benefits as an academic department (ibid, Section 184.108.40.206).
Research continues to be an essential faculty role. Faculty members must be engaged in sustained scholarship that will assist them in maintaining competence in the material to be taught and that will contribute to the education and good of the students, peers, and public. Beyond these basic requirements, scholarship may take many forms. Using the classification of Ernest Boyer, these forms include original research or creative expression (scholarship of discovery), review and integration of prior research (scholarship of integration), applying current knowledge and innovations to important practices (scholarship of application), or dialectical engagement of students in the process of inquiry and discovery (scholarship of teaching). In all types of scholarship, direct and indirect involvement of students teaches them about the process and inspires them to be ongoing participants (ibid, Section 220.127.116.11.1).
In addition to procedures for dealing with specific personnel matters, the MSU Faculty Handbook contains a section devoted to Academic Personnel Grievance procedures. (ibid, Section 2.15)
Policy Approved - December 29, 1989
Revised - January 19, 1995
Second Revision - February 12, 1999
Third Revision – Approved by PHS ORI, October 5, 2000