Research Integrity Office

Research Integrity Officer Position Description: March 18, 2019


  • Tenured Full Professor, strong research record, administrative experience desired but not required
  • Doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree
  • ½ time appointment, position reports to the Provost
  • Member of the Responsible Conduct of Research Team in the Office of the Executive Vice President of Research and Partnerships
  • Available August 12, 2019.  If possible, would like to engage new RIO with current RIO beginning July 1, 2019 for training and continuity.

Position Responsibilities

  • Administer the policy on Research Misconduct (III.A.2) and oversee coordination of the Procedures for Reviewing Allegations of Research Misconduct.
  • Receive and carry out Initial Assessments of Allegations of Research Misconduct to determine if an Inquiry is required.
  • Work in partnership with legal counsel; and collaborate with other units in interconnected matters (e.g., Office of Institutional Equity, Office of Legal Counsel, Audit, Regulatory Affairs; ITaP; PUPD; Dean’s Offices; Internal Threat Working Group.)
  • Collaborate with other Institutions on cross-university matters and coordinate with Federal agencies as needed (e.g., Office of Research Integrity, National Science Foundation).
  • Recruit and Train members of the Standing Committee on Research Integrity, as well as members of Investigation, Inquiry and Appeals Committees concerning their duties under the Research Misconduct Policy.
  • Maintain University compliance with laws and regulations applicable to Research Misconduct proceedings, including but not limited to providing notices and maintaining and retaining records in accordance with the requirements of Research Sponsors.
  • Regularly brief the Involved Dean, chair of the Faculty Senate Faculty Affairs Committee and the Provost on matters administered under this Policy.
  • Engage with Responsible Conduct of Research Team in EVPRP Office to promote research integrity across the campus (faculty, staff, students).
  • Serve on Purdue’s Insider Threat Working Group.
  • Engages with regional and national Association of Research Integrity Officers.

If interested in the position or if you have nominations, you may submit your application/nominees at this link.  Application review will begin on April 11, 2019.  If you have any questions, please contact Chris Agnew, Search Committee Chair, at


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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