Office of Grants and Research Services

Scientific Misconduct Policy


Seton Hall University requires that all scientific research conform to the requirements of federal law contained in the Code of Federal Regulations, 42 CFR Part 50. Any evidence of misconduct in scientific research shall be examined in the manner specified in this document. Misconduct in Science includes fabrications, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from commonly accepted standards within the scientific community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research. It does not include honest errors or honest differences in interpretation or judgment of data. Some Federal agencies currently have their own policies regarding scientific misconduct and require notification to the agency in the event of such an allegation or investigation. At this time, those agencies are the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Where required, this notification will be made by the Provost. While both PHS and NSF recognize that the primary responsibility for the prevention and detection of misconduct, and for the conduct of inquiries and investigations rests with the awarded institution, they both retain the right to initiate their own investigations at any time.

For more information about the misconduct policy and other research policies, please see the Principal Investigator’s Handbook »

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