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The research misconduct policy is described in detailed in the Miami University Policy and Procedures Manual (library).

If you have any questions on research misconduct or how to make a research misconduct report, information about how to contact the Miami Research Ethics and Integrity Office can be found at LINK.

To confidentially report concerns regarding research

 

Overview

"Research misconduct" means fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the research community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research. It does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data. The policy is adapted from, and affirms, a statement on the subject prepared by the Association of American Universities, August 22, 1988.

Following an allegation, an inquiry is conducted to determine if there is sufficient evidence of misconduct. This involves collecting and examining evidence and key personnel observations. An inquiry is not a formal hearing; its purpose is to separate allegations deserving of further investigation from frivolous, unjustified, or clearly mistaken interpretations. Senior administrators, upon examining the evidence, determine if formal procedures are warranted. If warranted, a formal investigation is initiated. When research is federally funded, a finding of research misconduct must be reported to the funding agencies: e.g. PHS-Office of Research Integrity, NSF-Office of the Inspector General.

 

The current policy (MUPIM) can be found here:

Research Misconduct Section


 


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