Scientific Misconduct Disclosure Procedures
Conservation of Mutual Trust and Integrity
"Science rests on a foundation of mutual trust... Trust must not be replaced with suspicion" -FSH 3230
Scientific misconduct must be dealt with expediently and forcefully to maintain the foundation of mutual trust upon which science rests.
When in Doubt O.A.R.C. It Out
Observe: Any deviation from commonly accepted scientific practices
Assess: Whether there has been a violation or serious deviation from commonly acceptable practices
Report: If there is ample reason to suspect misconduct report to ORA
Cooperate: In the review of the allegations, inquiries and investigations
What is Scientific Misconduct?
Scientific Misconduct means plagiarism, fabrication, falsification or any other practices that seriously deviate from commonly accepted practices in the scientific community.
The 3 Major Types of Scientific Misconduct
Plagiarism: Misappropriation of intellectual property or substantial textual copying without proper accreditation of another's work
Fabrication: Creation of false research and reporting them as true
Falsification: Manipulation of research to create an inaccurate representation in the research record
All individuals associated with research who observe or suspect scientific misconduct have a responsibility to report such conduct to the Office of Research Assurances (ORA).
If unsure as to whether an observed or suspected incident falls within the definition of scientific misconduct, please contact the Office of Research Assurances to discuss the incident informally.
The U of I will protect, to the extent possible, the privacy of those who report misconduct in good faith.
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Contact information: 111-111-6162 or [email protected]