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DiPietro Announces Updated Policy on Misconduct in Research and Service

UT President Joe DiPietro announced the updated Policy on Misconduct in Research and Service outlining procedures on responsible conduct in research and scholarly activities. The policy is effective September 15, 2016.

One of the points stressed in his message to the University was that “all faculty, staff and students have the responsibility of complying with federal regulations that include specific rules for reporting and reviewing any allegations of misconduct in connection with University work.”

Another key element of the policy is related to the reporting allegations related to research misconduct. According to the policy, allegations of misconduct may be reported to “the Research Integrity Officer (RIO), the Chief Research Officer, or any academic administrator at the level of a department head or above.” However, the allegation must immediately be reported to either the RIO or Chief Research Officer.

The Research Integrity Officer is Robert Nobles, associate vice chancellor for research, and the Chief Research Officer is Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research.

Other changes highlighted in President DiPietro’s message:

  • Emphasizes the importance of using up-to-date data management and record-keeping practices so that any erroneous allegation of misconduct can be resolved quickly
  • Prohibits retaliation against any person who reports or provides information regarding an allegation of possible research misconduct