Release Date:  December 12, 2000

NOTICE:  OD-01-009
Department of Health and Human Services

Notice is hereby given that the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and
the Assistant Secretary for Health have taken final action in the
following case:

Michael K. Hartzer, Ph.D., Oakland University:  Based on the report of
an investigation conducted by Oakland University and additional
analysis conducted by ORI during its oversight review, PHS found that
Dr. Hartzer, former Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Eye
Institute, Oakland University, engaged in scientific misconduct by
falsifying the status of support materials in eight National Eye
Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), grant

Specifically, Dr. Hartzer falsified the status of 11 manuscripts in
eight grant applications by listing them as "accepted" or "in press"
when the papers had either not been subsequently published or had been
rejected.  The repetition of these actions over several years
indicates a pattern of knowingly misrepresenting the research record.
Dr. Hartzer has accepted the PHS finding and has entered into a
Voluntary Exclusion Agreement with PHS in which he has voluntarily
agreed for a period of three (3) years, beginning on November 20,

(1)  that he must submit with each PHS research application,
continuing application, or report a statement of certification,
endorsed by an institutional official, that all manuscripts or
publications are properly and accurately cited in the application; the
institution must also submit a copy of the certification to ORI;

(2)   to exclude himself from serving in any advisory capacity to PHS,
including but not limited to service on any PHS advisory committee,
board, and/or peer review committee, or as a consultant.


Director, Division of Investigative Oversight
Office of Research Integrity
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Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 443-5330

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