Reporting Research Misconduct

Individuals involved in research projects must be aware of the institutional policies of reporting allegations of research misconduct.  According to the Office of Research Integrity of the Federal Health and Human Services Division, research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification or plagiarism in proposing, performing or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.


Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.


Falsification is 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.


Research misconduct does not include honest error or honest differences of opinion.

Individuals who observe or learn of research misconduct by another individual, and have substantial evidence to support these observations, are required to immediately report an allegation of research misconduct to the Research Integrity Officer (RIO).


Sandra C. Roerig, PhD.

Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Associate Dean of Research

Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience

LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport

1501 Kings Highway

Room 1-210 (Medical School Building B)

Shreveport, LA. 71130


318.675.4343 (fax)


Any allegation made in good faith will immediately be investigated by the RIO.


The RIO and the institution will treat both the whistleblower (individual making the allegation) and the respondent (individual against whom an allegation of research misconduct is directed) with fairness and respect.  During all proceedings, confidentiality will be maintained to the maximum extent possible.


A complete description of institutional policies and procedures regarding allegations of research misconduct can be found at: Policy & Procedure