Research Misconduct

UPS 630.000PDF File Opens in new window , "Policy for Investigating Instances of Possible Research Misconduct," defines "research misconduct" as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research or in reporting research results:

  1.  Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
  2. Falsification is 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.
  3. Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results or words without giving appropriate credit.

Research misconduct does not include honest error(s) or differences of opinion. Substantiated research misconduct may result in, among other things, removal from a project, reimbursement of funds, withdrawal of manuscripts or articles pending or published, and/or disciplinary action.

University Policy Statements (UPS)
Policy for Investigating Instances of Possible Research Misconduct (UPS 630.000PDF File Opens in new window )

- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Research Integrity (ORI)Opens in new window
ORI Policy on PlagiarismOpens in new window
ORI Interactive Movie: "The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct"Opens in new window

Do you have a concern or problem you would like to report?

To report a research-related concern, contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects at 657-278-7719 or

Your identity will remain confidential, and you can make a report without fear of retaliation.