What is Research Misconduct?

Fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research or in reporting research results.

  • Fabrication: Making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
  • Falsification: 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: The appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.

Note: Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.

What do I do if I know about Research Misconduct?

All Ball State faculty, staff, and students have an obligation to report any Research Misconduct they know about. Research Misconduct can be reported to Stephanie Simon-Dack, our Research Integrity Officer (RIO), in person (WQ100D), over the phone (765-285-8856), or via e-mail (View Email).

You can also make an anonymous report via EthicsPoint.

Read the Policy for Responding to Allegations of Research Misconduct.