Research Misconduct

Policy

Any UNC employee, student or agent of the University who engages in an act or acts of Research Misconduct while engaged in University Sponsored Research shall be subject to discipline in accordance with University Regulations 3-8-106. Allegations of Research Misconduct will be reported to the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) by any institutional member with knowledge of observed, suspected, or apparent violation(s) including, without limitation, the RIO.  Upon receiving an allegation of Research Misconduct, the RIO will immediately assess the allegation to determine whether it is sufficiently credible and specific so that potential evidence of Research Misconduct may be identified. An inquiry must be conducted if these criteria are met.

What is Research Misconduct?

Research Misconduct is defined in University Regulations 3-8-106 as actions that constitute: 

(1) willful, negligent or reckless practice in proposing, reviewing, or conducting RSCW, or in reporting or presenting the results of said RSCW, including without limitation, falsification, fabrication, or plagiarism; or misrepresentation or falsification of research credentials, sponsorships, approvals or certifications; (2) material violation of applicable laws, regulations or procedures; (3) material violation of applicable ethical or professional standards of the Academic Researcher’s discipline or profession or of the teaching profession or, in the case of students, the discipline or profession relevant to the research effort and/or in which the student is pursuing educational credentials; (4) willful, grossly negligent or reckless misappropriation or misapplication of research funds (excepting minor deviations in research fund accounting which results in no personal gain or benefit to the Academic Researcher); or (5) an undisclosed conflict of interest.

Who Should Report Research Misconduct?

Allegations of Research Misconduct will be reported to the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) by any institutional member with knowledge of observed, suspected, or apparent violation(s).

Who To Contact?

Research Integrity Officer (RIO)

Linda Black, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
linda.black@unco.edu
(970) 351-1808