The Research Integrity Council


The Research Integrity Council (RIC), established in 2021, was created to monitor, strengthen, and oversee Cornell’s research integrity program. The RIC supports compliance with Federal Regulations and Cornell Policy 1.2, Research Integrity.  

Who is on the RIC?

Members of the RIC are faculty members who have a depth of skill in conducting research and the necessary experience to adequately address issues of research and research-related misconduct. RIC members are nominated by their College Deans. The RIC includes over 25 members. There are also five ad-hoc members from the Office of Research Integrity and Assurance and University Counsel. The Dean of Faculty is a member of the RIC as well.  

Meetings and Structure

Members are appointed for a period of three years and meet at least quarterly and more often as needed. 
A Co-Chair is appointed to serve a term of one year, with the possibility of an extension. The Co-Chair works closely with the Chief Research Compliance Officer/Research Integrity Officer (RIO) as follows:  1) supports the RIO in the initial review of allegations of research or research-related misconduct; 2) helps identify Inquiry and Investigation Committee members; 3) recommends topics for future RIC meetings; and 4) facilitates prominent discussions amongst the RIC members relating to research integrity.