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The research misconduct policy is described in detail 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.

You may also contact:
Neal Sullivan (
Research Integrity Officer (RIO)

To confidentially report concerns regarding research



"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 relating to data.

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.

If there is a finding of research misconduct for a researcher, whether federally funded or not, the costs to the Research Ethics and Integrity Office as a result of sanctions for the researcher will be charged to the researchers home department or college.


The current policy (MUPIM) can be found here:

Research Misconduct Section


Please contact the Research and Innovation Office if you have questions about this web site: 513-529-3600
    or email Neal Sullivan at or Jennifer Sutton at

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