Office of the Provost

Research Integrity

The nature of the University requires that all members of its community adhere strictly to the highest standards of integrity with regard to research, instruction, and evaluation. In addition, federal regulations impose strict policies and procedures upon the University for dealing with possible research misconduct. The Research Integrity Policy for the University defines individual responsibilities in the conduct of research; activities that are characterized as misconduct in proposing, conducting, or reporting research; and procedures for dealing fairly and promptly with allegations of misconduct in research.

"Research misconduct" is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results (from the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct, Office of Science and Technology Policy [OSTP], December 6, 2000). Other unethical or sloppy research practices are often referred to as "research misbehavior." The University of Pittsburgh applies this definition to teaching activities and to the presentation of credentials as well.

Members of the University's research community have the obligation to report suspected misconduct in research, preferably in writing, to the appropriate dean.

For additional information, refer to University Policy 11-01-01, Research Integrity.