Research Misconduct

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

Fabrication means making up data or results and recording or reporting them.

Falsification means 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 means the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, or results, or works without giving appropriate credit.

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

Reporting Potential Research Misconduct

USU employees or students who learn of potential Research Misconduct are encouraged to submit a claim for appropriate review. Claims can be submitted through:

Research Misconduct Procedures

All Research Misconduct allegations will be reviewed pursuant to USU’s Research Misconduct Procedures. USU’s procedures comply with the regulatory standards established by the U.S. Public Health Services (42 C.F.R. Part 93) and the National Science Foundation (45 C.F.R. Part 689).

Artificial Intelligence in Research

As the technical capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) advance, the use of AI in research is becoming more prevalent. Because AI tools can create a risk of research misconduct, particularly in the areas of plagiarism and falsification, we would recommend faculty and student researchers proceed cautiously before deploying AI tools in their research. Please review USU’s AI in Research webpage for more guidance on AI risks and restrictions.