Research Misconduct

The University of Notre Dame strives to cultivate an atmosphere of honesty and trust in which the pursuit of knowledge can occur. Integrity of research forms the foundation of respect among scholars and students and between the academic world and the public. All members of the University community share responsibility for maintaining this climate of trust and integrity.

Research Misconduct (which is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism) detracts from this climate of trust and integrity. It is the explicit duty of all members of the faculty, staff, student body, or other individuals associated with the University of Notre Dame to report observed, suspected, or apparent Research Misconduct to the Vice President for Research or a Dean of a College or School. If a complainant wishes to make an anonymous complaint, they may contact Notre Dame’s Integrity Line (1.800.688.9918). 

If an individual is unsure whether a suspected incident falls within the definition of Research Misconduct, he or she may contact the Vice President for Research to discuss the suspected misconduct informally. Allegations that do not appear to constitute Research Misconduct, but that may implicate another University policy, shall be referred to the appropriate division of the University. 

To review the full University of Notre Dame Policy Governing Misconduct in Research, please visit policy.nd.edu or download the Research Misconduct Policy

Need More Information?

For more information on the Policy Governing Misconduct in Research, please contact the Vice President for Research.