Advancing research integrity and compliance through developing, demonstrating, and disseminating innovative processes, tools and outreach that improve scientific outcomes, transparency and accountability.
Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, and/or plagiarism that seriously deviates from the commonly accepted practices in the relevant scientific community for proposing, performing or reviewing research, or in reporting research results (i.e. publications, grant submissions, presentations).
Research misconduct does not just happen. It is a slippery slope of bad behaviors.
Although not considered research misconduct, the following research misbehaviors can contribute.
- not getting informed consent
- not admitting missing data
- gifting authorship
- not attributing other authors
- not disclosing conflict of interests
- failing to conduct an adequate literature review
- ignoring outliers without admitting, or not including data on side effects in clinical trials
- Bullying, discrimination, or harrassment
The Institutional Conflict of Interest (ICOI) policy addresses institutional conflicts of interest in the conduct of human subjects research [7-006].
The policy is designed to identify two types of institutional conflicts, those arising from:
The Institutional Conflict of Interest Policy requires that campus leaders disclose their external “significant financial interests” on an annual basis. A “significant financial interest” is defined in the Individual Conflict of Interest policy.
Potential ICOIs will be managed through the University Conflict of Interest Committee in collaboration with the Institutional Conflict of Interest Officer.
Contact the Vice President of Research if you have any questions or concerns about
the ICOI policy.