Research Integrity

Debra Schaller-Demers serves as the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) and is responsible for investigating allegations of research misconduct. Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, and/or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. A finding of research misconduct requires that there be a significant departure from accepted practices of the relevant research community; that the misconduct was committed intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly; and that the allegation be proven by a preponderance of the evidence. It does not include honest error or differences of opinion. All University community members are obligated to report suspected research misconduct as per this guidance: Procedures for Investigating Allegations of Research Misconduct.