Research and Data Collection Integrity

The Bryan College of Health Sciences believes in the value of scholarly activities including the performance of research. Administrators, faculty and staff members are leaders in their professions and role models for students. As such they have a responsibility to add to the knowledge base of their profession and appropriately incorporate existing knowledge into their practice and their teaching.

Students may also perform research studies that add to their knowledge base and assist with their understanding of various research and quality management processes.

The IRB of the Bryan College of Health Sciences is a federally registered board composed of faculty, administrators and community representatives, which is charged with the review and approval of all research protocols involving humans as participants and created by anyone affiliated with Bryan College of Health Sciences. All research protocols (involving both human and nonhuman participants) by faculty and/or students of Bryan College of Health Sciences must be approved by an appropriate IRB prior to initiation of data collection including additional approval by the Institution in which the research will be conducted.

Research investigators are expected to live the values of the Bryan College of Health Sciences and meet the high standards of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, responsibility, and courage delineated in the preceding parts of this policy. Research misconduct is a violation of academic integrity. Research misconduct includes behaviors such as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism while proposing, performing, reviewing or reporting research results.

  • Fabrication: Making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
  • Falsification: Manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes during the research process. Falsification also includes changing or omitting data or results leading to research that is not accurate.
  • Plagiarism: Using another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving them proper credit

Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.


Public health Service Policies on Research Misconduct – Part 93:103 Research Misconduct.

Research investigators must maintain academic integrity in the research process including, but not limited to:

  •   Seeking IRB approval prior to beginning human subjects research
  •   Following the approved IRB study protocol
  •   Obtaining IRB approval for any change in protocol
  •   Acknowledging any monetary or other interest in the outcome of the study that may represent a conflict of interest with the study’s purpose
  •   Using appropriate, recognized methods when planning and conducting the study
  •   Minimizing bias in the selection and treatment of research subjects
  •   Providing a thorough, honest informed consent process
  •   Demonstrating scrupulous honesty when recording and analyzing study data
  •   Protecting the privacy of subjects and subjects’ data during the study and within any written or verbal report, presentation or publication about the study

There are many instances in which data collection may occur within the College. Information is often collected by students in fulfillment of course objectives and data about students and faculty are often compiled by College departments for improvement purposes. All administrators, faculty, staff and students are expected to know and follow the information privacy laws related to the data they are collecting. Faculty members are responsible for educating students about all privacy issues that may relate to assignments made in their courses.