What´s Scientific Misconduct?

540 WordsFeb 26, 20182 Pages
Scientific Misconduct College students are constantly being warned about the consequences that come with breaking academic integrity, but do not fully understand why scientific misconduct is taken so seriously. Students studying in the field of science should be more educated on scientific misconduct in order to avoid real world mistakes and the consequences that may arise because of them. In the real world, some students will be using their knowledge to complete research and analyze data, which leaves plenty of room for scientific misconduct. This type of misconduct has a larger affect than simply failing a class; it can ruin reputations, lose jobs or even result in jail time. In most college courses, the main worry is plagiarism among students. In the case of Annie Dookhan, a real crime-lab chemist, more misconduct was taking place than simply copying down a stolen answer. While analyzing drugs in a laboratory for the Department of Public Health, Dookhan “falsified test results in criminal cases” (Levitz, 2013). When placed in a professional setting, scientific misconduct becomes an incredibly serious matter. Despite the fact that they will be forced to face real misconduct within their future careers, college students rarely learn about the types of dire mistakes that take place outside of a classroom. Students should understand that even if they are not caught right away, there is a chance that their mistakes will be noticed in the future. For Dookhan, her
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