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 Susan McDowell, our Research Integrity Officer (RIO), in person (WQ100D), over the phone (765-285-8856), or via e-mail (samcdowell@bsu.edu).


You can also make an anonymous report via EthicsPoint.


Policy for Responding to Allegations of Research Misconduct