SUNY Board Adopts Statement on Research Integrity

March 19, 2013

Purchase — The State University of New York Board of Trustees today adopted a university-wide statement and 16 core principles on research integrity. The SUNY Statement on Research Integrity incorporates best practices advanced by the White House and around the world, and serves as an important reaffirmation of SUNY’s commitment to integrity in research.

Board Chairman H. Carl McCall said, "SUNY and its Research Foundation are committed to accountability, professional courtesy, fairness, good stewardship, and – above all – integrity, in the conduct of scholarly research. This statement and its supporting principles reflect the necessary connection between the university’s academic and research missions.”

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, “Groundbreaking research discoveries by SUNY faculty and students benefit New York State and the world, a level of impact that requires a clear and unambiguous playbook. Dr. Killeen and the Research Foundation are to be commended for codifying this statement and its supporting principles.”

The 16 principles outlined by the Statement provide practical, tactical, and philosophical guidance to SUNY scholars, researchers, and administrators in their fulfillment of their research-related responsibilities, and span the areas of transparency, regulatory compliance, conflicts of interest, and societal considerations. The adopted Statement is available online.

“SUNY’s reputation as a leading public comprehensive university system must be based not only on the large volume of research performed on campuses across New York but even more importantly, on its commitment to excellence, objectivity, and integrity in the conduct of that research,” said Dr. Tim Killeen, SUNY’s vice chancellor for research and president of The Research Foundation for SUNY. “Today’s action by the Board is beyond symbolic. It institutionalizes the highest of standards for SUNY research.”

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