Research Integrity Office


The Purdue Research Integrity Office addresses reports of potential misconduct in research carried out:

  • by any Purdue associate (e.g., students, staff, post-docs, visiting scholars, faculty)
  • within the last six years (with some exceptions, see Policy and Procedures on Research Misconduct)

Although anyone internal or external to Purdue can report such misconduct, all Purdue associates (e.g., students, staff, post-docs, visiting scholars, faculty) must report an observation of potential research misconduct.

A report of potential research misconduct can be submitted via any means of communication to the Purdue Research Integrity Officer, the Provost, or via the Purdue Hotline.

What is Research Misconduct?

Purdue’s Policy on Research Misconduct defines research misconduct as:

Plagiarism: The appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.

Falsification: Manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results so that the research involved is not accurately represented in the research record.

Fabrication: Making up data or results and recording or reporting them.

Although there may be other types of questionable or inappropriate research-related behaviors , the Research Integrity Office only processes allegations of plagiarism, falsification, fabrication. For example, disputes about authorship or research credit, or relational disputes between co-authors, do not fall within the scope of Policy on Research Misconduct. However, grievances and disputes not falling within the definitions of plagiarism, falsification, or fabrication may be brought to other offices, such as:

Issues involving the protection of human and animal research subjects, biosafety, export controls, information assurance, and conflicts of interest should be directed to the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, Regulatory Affairs.

Please click on the menu tiles above for more information about Purdue's Policy on Research Misconduct, our standard procedures, and information about promoting research ethics.

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