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Research Compliance


The Office for Research Compliance (ORC) supports the institution in its efforts to promote the ethical conduct of research. In addition, the ORC provides educational materials and lectures to assist in educating faculty, staff, and students on federal, state, and local rules and regulations in the area of ethical research conduct.

Definition of Research Misconduct

Research misconduct is defined as plagiarism, fabrication or intentional falsification of data, research procedures or data analysis, or other deliberate misrepresentation in proposing, conducting, reporting, or reviewing research. It does not include honest errors or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data. In cases of allegations involving activities submitted to or supported by a federal agency, the definition for research misconduct specified in the agency’s regulations will apply.

Scientific Misconduct References

Notice to Employees of Whistleblower Protection

The Office for Research Compliance is apprising the research community of a recently enacted federal government pilot program entitled, “Pilot Program for Enhancement of Contractor Employee Whistleblower Protections (41 U.S.C. 4712)” (effective until January 17, 2017). The purpose of the Program is to provide protections for employees against reprisal for certain whistleblowing activities in relation to federal grants and contracts. Find more information in the program’s provisions

Reporting Research Misconduct

UA is committed to operating with integrity and in full compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies.  The University does not tolerate retaliation against individuals who report compliance concerns in good faith. If you would like to report wrongful conduct, including those related to RCR and Research Misconduct, please use the UA Ethics Reporting System. Allegations of research misconduct may also be reported directly to the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) by email or by phone at (205) 348-5746.