- Whom do I contact to report a concern?
- What are the responsibilities of researchers?
- How is research misconduct defined?
- Does the UI have an anti-retaliation policy for whistleblowers? What is the process for processing retaliation complains?
- Are there training opportunities available?
- Relevant policies, procedures, and links
The University of Iowa Research Integrity Officer is:
Richard Hichwa, PhD, Senior Associate VP for Research
Office of the Vice President for Research
(319) 335-2106 – phone
(319) 335-2104 – fax
University policy also provides that allegations of research misconduct may be made to the Vice President for Research or the Provost.
Researchers, whether faculty members, staff members, or students, have the responsibility to be unfailingly honest in research; they must refrain from deliberate distortion or misrepresentation; and they must take regular precautions against the common causes of error.
Positive steps to insure an environment that minimizes the possibility of research misconduct include the following:
(a) Researchers must accept responsibility for the quality of the work reported by themselves and their collaborators; emphasis must be placed upon the quality and significance of research rather than on quantity and visibility;
(b) Only those authors who have had a genuine role in the research should be included in authorship of papers, and all named authors must accept responsibility for the quality of the work reported; and
(c) Researchers are encouraged to retain research data and records for a period of at least five years following publication to provide verification of the validity of the reported results.
The complete UI policy on the responsibilities of researchers is available in the UI Operations Manual:
- Section II-27.6 of the Operations Manual: Ethics in Research
- Section II-27.8 of the Operations Manual: Anti-Retaliation for Reporting Misconduct of Research
Research misconduct or misconduct in research means fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research. It does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data.
4. Does the UI have an anti-retaliation policy for whistleblowers? What is the process for retaliation complaints?
Yes. The UI anti-retaliation policy and the procedures for processing complaints are available in Section II- 27.8 of the UI Operations Manual.
Review Section 6a: Responsible Conduct of Research Training for more information.
Visit the OVPR’s Research Misconduct website for links to federal and state laws and regulations.