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Responsible Conduct of Research Training

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston strives to create a research climate that promotes faithful adherence to high ethical standards in the conduct of research. The University requires all research and research training conducted by its employees and students to be carried out with the highest ethical standards in accordance with the principles in the Responsible Conduct of Research developed by the National Institutes of Health and Office of Research Integrity. (HOOP 68: Conduct of Research)

An Overview of Responsible Conduct of Research

by George M. Stancel, PhD, Senior Vice President, Academic and Research Affairs 

Research misconduct includes fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing or conducting research, reviewing research, or in reporting research results. Research misconduct is an offense that damages not only the reputations of those involved and the university but also the reputation of the entire academic community. Research misconduct does not include honest errors or differences in interpretations or judgments of data. Fabrication means making up data or results and recording or reporting  such fabricated data and results. Falsification means 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. The University has adopted specific procedures and guidelines for handling allegations of research misconduct as described in HOOP Policy 202: Research Misconduct and  Guidelines and Procedures for Allegations of Research Misconduct.