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Office of Research Integrity

UT Southwestern Medical Center has a responsibility to guarantee that research is carried out both with the highest standards of scientific rigor and with the highest ethical standards. Research misconduct (also known as scientific misconduct) undermines the credibility of research within a research group and the whole institution, damages public trust in basic and biomedical research, and puts funding for current and future research projects in jeopardy.

Research misconduct is defined both by UT Southwestern and by the federal government as the fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism of proposing, performing, recording or reviewing research or in reporting research results.  Further, these actions must be committed intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly.   Research misconduct does not include disagreement over interpretation of data nor does it include disagreements about authorship.