Research Misconduct

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

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

Note that research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.

Reporting Suspected Misconduct

It is the responsibility of all Brandeis University faculty, staff, scholars, students and administration to report suspected research misconduct, and to assure that such reports are dealt with in a timely, effective and fair manner.

If you would like to discuss anonymously or unofficially an incidence of possible research misconduct, or have questions about the process, contact the associate provost of research administration:

Morgen Bergman
Bernstein-Marcus 129

If you would like to report an incidence of possible research misconduct, contact the vice provost for research and research integrity officer:

Steven F. Karel
Bernstein-Marcus 217