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Office of Research Integrity & Education

Misconduct in Research

The University of Denver requires that intellectual honesty and the highest ethical standards in research be maintained and relies primarily on the acceptance of responsibility by each member of the university community to adhere to professional standards of conduct in all research activity.  The issue of misconduct in scholarly activity is a matter of serious concern to universities and other research institutions, individual faculty, sponsors of research, and the general public.

What is research misconduct?

Research misconduct means fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scholarly community for proposing, conducting, reviewing, and/or reporting research. Research misconduct also includes (a) making knowingly false accusations of misconduct by another, (b) violating Institutional Review Board policies and procedures, or (c) willful failure to comply with federal and other requirements.

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 or differences of opinion. All persons, including (but not limited to) faculty members, post-doctoral associates, graduate students, undergraduate students, staff, and administrators, may be subject to allegations of research misconduct.

The full policy on Misconduct in Research can be found here.

When Research misconduct is identified

The Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education will be the recipient of any charges of misconduct in research. These allegations may be brought by either internal sources (such as faculty, staff, or students) or external sources. These sources may be identified or anonymous. If the Senior Vice Provost for Research is the individual being charged with misconduct, the investigation should be handled by the Provost or their designee. There are several distinct stages in responding to allegations of research misconduct: preliminary assessment, inquiry, investigation, disciplinary action and/or sanctions (if appropriate), and appeal (if requested).