Research integrity is basic to the research enterprise. It is the responsibility of all scholars to model integrity in all of their research endeavors throughout their professional careers. Therefore, fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research, are prohibited in all activities associated with the University of Northern Iowa.
Research is defined as the systematic collection or analysis of data intended to produce generalizable or transferable results (typically indicated by the intent to disseminate results), that is conducted by faculty, staff, or students affiliated with the institution. This policy is not intended to apply to student class projects that are not designed for public dissemination, but it does apply to all culminating student research projects such as theses and dissertations.
Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research. It does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data. Research misconduct is an intentional or knowing act of deception or a flagrant disregard of commonly accepted research or ethical practices.
All employees or individuals associated with the University of Northern Iowa must report suspected, observed, or apparent research misconduct to the Research Integrity Officer (see below). If you are unsure whether a suspected incident falls within the definition of research misconduct, you may contact the Research Integrity Officer to discuss the suspected misconduct informally (see How to Report Misconduct link below).
Federal Policy and Oversight
Research on Research Misconduct