Research Integrity

Failing to submit a disclosure form

The disclosure process works best when you submit a completed disclosure form on time. There are several components to the disclosure process. The possible disciplinary actions vary based upon which part of the process is not completed.



Failing to submit a SFCI disclosure form:


Completing an annual Significant Financial Conflict of Interest disclosure form is required for all faculty and students involved with federally funded research. Failing to complete a disclosure form is a failure to comply with federal and state law, and University policy. If an individual fails to submit a form over an extended period of time, disciplinary action will be followed as described by Ball State’s “Cause for Terminating the Appointment of a Faculty Member or Professional Personnel Member on Tenure” or “Procedures for Disciplinary Action Other Than Termination.” Other possible disciplinary actions include being restricted from applying to outside grants.



Failing to submit a COC disclosure form:


Completing an annual disclosure form is required for all faculty, staff, and graduate students. Failing to complete a disclosure form is a failure to comply with university policy. If an individual fails to submit a form over an extended period of time, disciplinary action will be followed as described by Ball State’s “Cause for Terminating the Appointment of a Faculty Member or Professional Personnel Member on Tenure” or “Procedures for Disciplinary Action Other Than Termination.”



Failing to disclose a possible conflict on either COC or SFCI forms:


If you submit a disclosure form and you do not report a possible conflict, the possible disciplinary actions depend upon whether or not you knowingly deceived your Department Chair, your Dean, and Research Integrity. Disciplinary action will be followed as described by Ball State’s “Cause for Terminating the Appointment of a Faculty Member or Professional Personnel Member on Tenure” or “Procedures for Disciplinary Action Other Than Termination.”