Misconduct in Research

Research misconduct is defined as “fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.” Federal agencies have individual policies for dealing with misconduct, and most require subrecipients as well as awardees to comply.

Middlebury College maintains a policy regarding misconduct that includes processes for:

  • handling allegations of misconduct and protecting persons bringing allegations
  • notifying the funding agency
  • maintaining records
  • observing legal requirements
  • protecting integrity of research, research subjects, and the public

Violations may result in suspension, termination, and debarment of individuals who participate in misconduct.