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University Research Integrity Policy

The  University policy 1.8  "Integrity in Research and Scholarly Activities" articulates ISU's adherence to ethical conduct and provides formal procedural information for impartial fact-finding and fair adjudication of allegations of academic misconduct that cannot be handled satisfactorily by informal mediation or other procedures.

This policy includes, but is not limited to, all members of the ISU community: administrators, faculty, university staff, graduate or undergraduate students, and agents or collaborators who are engaged in research or other scholarly activity.

Misconduct or fraud in research and scholarly endeavors may be grounds for disciplinary action or even for termination of employment under appropriate University procedures. Such serious offenses include the following:

  1. Fabrication of Data
  2. Plagiarism
  3. Abuse of Confidentiality
  4. Falsification in Research
  5. Deliberate Violation of Regulations
  6. Property Violations
  7. Retaliation for Reporting Alleged Misconduct
  8. Failure to Report Observed Major Offenses committed by others in the scholarly community

Anyone observing or becoming aware of situations that might constitute misconduct is encouraged to reach out to the  Director of Research Ethics and Compliance, who serves as the Research Integrity Officer under this policy. They can answer questions regarding misconduct and provide guidance on the process if necessary.