Dealing with Research Misconduct

All members of the Cornell community have a responsibility to report suspected research misconduct. Adapted from Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Research Integrity’s website, 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.

  1. Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
  2. Falsification is 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.
  3. Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.

The Chief Research Compliance officer can consult with you about reporting suspected research misconduct.
You can also make an anonymous report using Cornell EthicsPoint.

Relevant Policy: University Policy 1.2 on Research Integrity describes the process for reporting and how confidentiality will be protected.