Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)

Office of Research and Technology Transfer

The University of Texas at Tyler is committed to truth, accuracy and intellectual honesty in scientific investigation and scholarship in the classroom, in proposing and conducting studies, reporting of results, and in relations with colleagues.

Misconduct or fraud in research is an offense that damages not only the reputation of those involved but also that of the entire educational community. The University of Texas at Tyler complies with the Federal Office of Research Integrity in promoting ethical conduct in biomedical and behavioral research and all aspects of the research enterprise.

Misconduct or fraud in scientific research is the fabrication, falsification, plagiarism of data or related information in the proposing, performing, reviewing or reporting of research results, tampering with the research of others and other practices that materially deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the academic community.

Misconduct in scientific research can be reported to any official of the University. Such a disclosure triggers an inquiry where the facts are examined and the University determines whether or not to conduct a full investigation. A full investigation involves an in-depth University Committee examination of the allegations. A recommendation is given to the President if disciplinary action against the researcher should be taken.

What is NOT Scientific Misconduct

Honest errors or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data are not considered to be misconduct. Findings of misconduct require significant departure from accepted practices of the scientific community for maintaining the integrity of the research record; must have been committed intentionally, or knowingly or in reckless disregard of accepted practices; and, the allegations must be proven by a preponderance of evidence.