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Office of Research Administration

Research Misconduct


Research Misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results according to 42 CFR Part 93 . 

  • Fabrication: making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
  • Falsification: manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.
  • Plagiarism: the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.

Deliberate or repeated non-compliance with the regulations can be considered misconduct.

Research misconduct does not include honest errors or differences of opinion.

What constitutes as Research Misconduct?

  • Represents a significant departure from accepted practices
  • Has been committed intentionally, or knowingly, or recklessly; and 
  • Can be proven by a preponderance of evidence

Overseeing the process for responding to research misconduct allegations is one of the areas of responsibility of the Director of Research Compliance.

Research Misconduct Policy

Responding to Research Misconduct Allegations (flowchart)

Responding to Research Misconduct Allegations (PowerPoint Presentation)