Ethical issues in research have received national and international attention in the media due to reports on falsification of data, fraudulent publications, dishonesty, and other misdeeds. Although the vast majority of individuals engaged in research have high ethical standards and deserve the public trust, a single nationally publicized instance of misconduct taints the entire community as it draws into question the overall integrity of research.
Rush takes the matter of potential misconduct seriously. The federal government has revised the public health service regulation governing the process of reviewing misconduct. Pursuant to 42 CFR 93 all research centers must institute policies and procedures for addressing allegations of misconduct. Rush has adopted the comprehensive federal policy as the minimum standard applied to allegations of research misconduct, regardless of funding source(s).
Rush has established certain standards of conduct, which include pertinent instruction and policies and procedures for dealing with any allegations of research misconduct. Rush does not tolerate misconduct and any concerns or allegations are addressed by the institutional policy on "Scientific Integrity: Addressing Allegations of Research Misconduct". Misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other serious deviation from accepted practices in proposing, carrying out, or reporting results from research. It does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments in evaluating research methods and results. Rush has adopted the definition of research misconduct promulgated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (42 CFR Parts 50 and 93, Federal Register Vol. 70, No. 94, May 17, 2005). For a comprehensive review of regulatory requirements on research misconduct visit the HHS Office of Research Integrity Web site.
Rush University expects all personnel to maintain and uphold the highest standards of ethical practices in research, and promote intellectual honesty and integrity. Especially important are integrity in recording and reporting results, care in execution of research procedures, and fairness in recognition of the work of others. Charges of misconduct must be resolved expeditiously in a fair and objective manner, protecting the rights of the person or persons against whom a complaint has been filed (the respondent) and the person or persons filing the complaint (the complainant). The making of knowingly false or malicious accusations violates acceptable norms of behavior for members of the University community and may result in formal charges being brought against the complainant under Rush's procedures.
Anyone who believes an act of research misconduct has occurred or is occurring should notify the Director of Research Compliance Stephanie C. Guzik, MBA, BSN, RN, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For an in-depth understanding of Rush's process please refer to the revised Rush Research Integrity Committee Policy and Procedures for "Scientific Integrity: Addressing Allegations of Research Misconduct".