Defining & Evaluating Misconduct

Do you suspect misconduct?

Call the UNMC Compliance Hotline at 1-844-348-9584 or submit an online form.

Or, contact the Research Integrity Officer, Dr. Gary C. Yee, at 402-559-5108 or via email.

If you are unsure whether research misconduct has occurred, you may contact Dr. Yee for an informal discussion, including anonymously or hypothetically, which shall ordinarily be confidential.

What is research misconduct?

At UNMC, research misconduct means fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion. The following are definitions under the Public Health Service regulations:

Falsification

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

Fabrication

Means making up data or results and recording or reporting them

Plagiarism

The appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit

How is misconduct evaluated?

Upon receipt of an allegation of research misconduct, the allegations and information provided are assessed by the Research Integrity Officer (RIO).

Once the assessment has been completed, the information provided by the complainant and assessed by the RIO may lead to inquiry when the facts and circumstances provide sufficient information to require that the evaluation move forward for additional review via an inquiry.

Upon completion of an inquiry, the evaluation may proceed to an investigation to determine if research misconduct can be documented.