The Oregon Health and Science University research community is committed to the ethical conduct of science. Our committee's function is to review and make decisions on allegations of research misconduct, which is falsification, fabrication or plagiarism in research. Members of the committee are appointed by, and report to, the OHSU Institutional Official.
As defined by the PHS policy on research misconduct, research misconduct means fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.
- 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.
- Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.
Federal law provides the framework for the investigation of research misconduct. The standards for management of research misconduct are set out by the NIH Office of Research Integrity.
The Scientific Integrity Chair invites questions or concerns regarding potential research misconduct be sent to the Integrity Office.
Authorship attribution is managed by the Office of the Provost, and inquiries should be directed to the Executive Vice Provost: David Robinson, Ph.D.
If you are unsure whether a matter is research misconduct or authorship attribution, you are invited to contact either the Executive Vice Provost or the Integrity Office for guidance.
You can also file a confidential or anonymous report through the Integrity Hotline.
The OHSU Integrity Office contracts with an independent company to provide a fully staffed compliance and ethics hotline available 24 hours/day, 365 days/year. Questions and concerns may be reported by telephone or online submission, and each will be kept confidential or anonymous based on the preference of the reporter.
Submitted reports can only be accessed using a "report key" and password. This information is provided during the submission process as a means to maintain the confidentiality of your report, and facilitate additional communication between the reporter and investigators. It cannot be retrieved if lost.