Missouri State University - West Plains

2.4 Intellectual Integrity and Ethical Conduct

Intellectual Property Policy (181KB PDF)

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Professionalism and collegiality are essential to teaching, scholarship, research, creative activity, and service activities, and are evidenced in at least two important ways: maintaining high standards of professional ethics and performing as a responsible member of the University community.

From 2.2.1, intellectual honesty is essential to the conduct of productive scholarship, research, and creative activity. Intellectual honesty demands avoidance of fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism. Faculty who do funded research are obligated to meet standards for integrity specified by their sponsoring agencies.

Some granting agencies impose standards on the conduct of scholarship, research, and creative activity by all faculty members as a condition on the receipt of grant funds by any faculty member. They include standards for ethical treatment of both human and animal subjects. So long as receipt of such grant funds is contemplated by any faculty member, those standards must be followed by every faculty member. Remedy for a faculty member disagreeing with such standards is through collective action of the Faculty Senate.

Ranked faculty are full-time employees of the University during their contract periods. Faculty consulting engagements may benefit the University, but they must not interfere materially with faculty responsibility. Therefore, faculty are obligated to report consulting activities to the University. (See also Section 2.13.)

Finally, the scholarship, research, and creative activity of a faculty member may be constrained by codes of professional ethics peculiar to his or her discipline. Adherence to discipline-specific professional codes is an appropriate subject for peer review of research performance.

This document contains University policy for matters related to appointment, the granting of tenure, and promotion. Advancement to each higher rank carries with it the expectation of a greater contribution to the University’s mission in teaching, research, and service. Advancement also carries with it the expectation that the individual will accept responsibility for assuming the leadership roles upon which the concept of shared governance depends.

Both tenure and promotion considerations involve mutual obligations. Faculty members must meet the requirements established by the Faculty Senate and University. They must receive the approbation of their colleagues and appropriate administrative officers. The University must also fulfill its obligations.

2.4.1 Intellectual Property

Some teaching, scholarship, research, and creative activity outcomes are consequences of faculty effort assisted by University support. They may be commercially valuable. Guidelines for equitably sharing the proceeds of intellectual property between faculty and the University are referenced in The Intellectual Property Policy which is included in the Faculty Handbook as Appendix A.