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Research Misconduct and Non-Compliance

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Research Misconduct Defined
Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.

  • Fabrication is making up data or result and recording and reporting them.
  • Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.
  • Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.
  • Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.

Findings of Research Misconduct
A finding of research misconduct requires that:

  • There be a significant departure from accepted practices of the relevant research community; and
  • The misconduct be committed intentionally, or knowingly, or recklessly; and
  • The allegation be proven by a preponderance of evidence.

Research Misconduct and Non-Compliance examples include:

  • Human Subject Research
  • Animal Subject Research
  • Grant Whistle-blower Protection Rights
  • Misuse of grant funds
  • Misuse of Research data/publication

Pacific's Internal Audit Fraud Hotline

Another anonymous reporting mechanism, University of the Pacific has contracted with Global Compliance to receive reports regarding suspected unethical or illegal business behavior.

To use this reporting mechanisms go here.