One of the major responsibilities of a university is to create and maintain an environment that promotes research and scholarship. Because the credibility of research and scholarship, funded or non-funded, depends upon its integrity, Texas A&M University-Commerce requires all researchers associated with the University, including faculty, staff and other persons, to adhere to superior standards in the conduct of all research and scholarship activities. The following procedure adopts and supplements System Regulation 15.99.03.
ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT
Any allegations of misconduct in University research and scholarship activities should be reported in writing to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research is the designated officer who is responsible for carrying out the provisions of this rule and System Regulation 15.99.03.
When allegations of misconduct in research and scholarship are reported in writing to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, he or she may initiate an inquiry into the alleged misconduct.
The inquiry is an informal fact finding activity to determine whether an allegation warrants an investigation. The inquiry will be conducted by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research with or without the assistance of a committee appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
If the inquiry provides sufficient basis for conducting an investigation, one shall be conducted following the guidelines specified in the System Regulation 15.99.03. The investigation is a formal examination of relevant facts to determine if misconduct has occurred and will be conducted by a committee appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
Contact for Interpretation: Dean of Graduate Studies and Research