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SFA - Research and Sponsored Programs
Conflict of Interest A situation in which a person or a family member has a financial interest or non financial interest that may compromise, or provide the incentive to compromise, the behavior in the conduct of the personís duties at the institution, the personís influence on decisions that the institution may make, or the personís influence over his or her associates outside the institution. A perceived conflict of interest may be real, potential or apparent. (For example, applying for grant assistance to an agency that employs a relative who has control over the award of funds.)
Falsification of Contracts, Reports or Records Falsification of records consists of altering, fabricating, falsifying or forging all or any part of a document, contract or record for the purpose of gaining an advantage or misrepresenting the value of the document, contract or record. (For example, altering a contract after it has been approved by SFA and the sponsor).
Fraud The intentional misrepresentation or concealment of information in order to deceive, mislead, or acquire something of value. A fraud is an intentional deception perpetrated to secure an unfair gain. (Examples include: Embezzlement, Violation of Policy, Theft, Sabotage).
Human or Animal Research Inappropriate use of humans or animals involved in research, including inhumane treatment or use of humans or other animals in research not specifically approved by the appropriate University committee.
Intellectual Property Infringement, Misappropriation or Disclosure Any unauthorized or inappropriate use, misappropriation or disclosure of confidential information (in any form) or intellectual property belonging to the institution or any institution's customer, supplier or business partner, including, without limitation, any intellectual property protected under any U.S. or other laws relating to copyrights, patents or trade secrets. Also includes any unauthorized or inappropriate use of any institution computer system.
Research Grant Misconduct or Misappropriation of Costs Unallowable or questionable expenditures or cost transfers to government grants, contracts or other agreements. Any expenditures or cost transfers that may be in violation of OMB Circular A-21. (For example, transfer of cost overruns from one grant or contract to another grant or contract).
Scientific Misconduct Fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research. Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reprinting them. Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment or processes, or changing or omitting data or results, such that the research is not accurately reported in the research record. Plagiarism is the appropriation of another personís ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.
Waste, Abuse or Misuse of University Resources Improper or unauthorized use of resources and technologies in sponsored programs and research.
Other Other potential violations not categorized in the above types.