Research Misconduct

Policy for Responding to Potential Research Misconduct  

Saint Francis is committed to the responsible conduct of research, preventing research misconduct, and protecting positions and reputations of good faith complainants, witnesses and committee members.

Research misconduct means fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences in opinion.

(a) Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.

(b) Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.

(c) Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.

Additional resources relating to Research Misconduct can be found at HHS Office of Research Integrity  

It is Saint Francis policy that any misconduct be reported (link to section in policy). You can report any observed, suspected or apparent research misconduct by contacting: 

  • Jennifer Schneider, Research Integrity Officer at or (860)714-5360
  • Saint Francis Compliance Helpline 1-888-888-7307 to report your concern anonymously

Saint Francis Non-retaliation policy prohibits retaliatory action against anyone for reporting or inquiring about potential violations of Saint Francis policies or laws and regulations in good faith. Those individuals who provide information in good faith about questionable conduct will be protected against retaliation.